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post #1 of 15 Old 09-15-2011, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question is it true that horses like brass bits?

is it true that horses like the taste of brass bits?
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Oh and what kind of saddle pad is good for hot weather and good for an english saddle or a mccallan saddle?
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Liking is a subjective thing. Horses seem to take a brass bit better then stainless, and it helps promote saliva which is a good thing. I find that most horses prefer sweet iron over any other material.

As for pads, the best pad for Western, at least, is a 100% wool pad that will keep a horse cool by wicking away her sweat. I prefer the pads made by 5Star.

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I don't think I ever tried brass bit (not even positive what it is ), but many horses prefer copper or sweet iron bits to the stainless steel because of the taste (I personally use cupreon).

As for english pads standard cotton one (for ~$20) works just fine even when it's hot.

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Actually, Val is right and I was thinking copper when you were talking brass. I'm not sure I have seen a brass bit recently.

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I don't know if I have seen a brass bit in a while either my neighbor was just telling me about it. Where can I find sweet iron bits? Thanks for the info.
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Many Western bits will be sweet iron. I haven't seen many sweet iron English bits.

Brass....gee, I've only seen it in antique specimens.

Wouldn't a McClellan saddle have its own special pad, or could you use a dressage/AP pad with it?
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I found one Sweet Iron French Link Loose Ring - Jeffers is that good or should I look for a dee ring? My horse is just a pleasure horse if that helps.
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Bubba13 my saddle pad is just a worn out dirty fleece pad I think you would call it. That can't be the best thing for this Georgia heat.
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I think there may be higher-tech English pads for wicking moisture and absorbing heat or whatever, but most everyone I know just uses the standard cheapies.

And I like the bit you posted just fine. It all depends on what your horse likes, though, really.
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I found one Sweet Iron French Link Loose Ring - Jeffers is that good or should I look for a dee ring? My horse is just a pleasure horse if that helps.
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It's a good one (very mild). I have to say the rings depends on horse (as well as mouthpiece), but if your horse is fine with loose rings - just go with it. One of my horses prefers loose rings, other one - eggbutt, so you just never know.

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