06-22-2009, 10:56 PM
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I love sweet iron bits. Even though some people don't like them because they tend to rust. I like them because the horses like the taste better and causes them to salivate and then become softer and more responsive to the bit. Copper also causes this, but then the horse chews on the bit and the soft metal gets scratched and dented and can actually cut your horses mouth! Stainless steel is popular because it doesn't rust, but because it doesn't rust it causes a horse's mouth to dry out and that isn't a good experience for the horse. Out of all the bit types I like sweet iron the best because it makes the most sense to me and I haven't had to replace a bit yet. If you clean your bit and store it in a dry place it will last a long time even if it is supposed to rust.