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post #1 of 9 Old 01-10-2012, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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What to do about a squeaky bit?

I tried out a new bit with JT recently, and it's very squeaky! He sometimes plays with the bit in his mouth when we are out on the trail (it's not just this bit, it's every bit, I think it's just something he does absent-mindedly) and with this one being so squeaky it was driving me crazy! Is there anything I can do to make it not be so squeaky? The BO suggested that maybe I could oil it with vegetable oil, would that work? I know I could just put the flash on his bridle but I'd like to get to the root of the problem.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-10-2012, 11:08 PM
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What kind of bit is it?
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What kind of bit is it?
It looks like this one:



(Here it is if you want to see it bigger.) It's some type of Korsteel eggbutt snaffle with a copper middle. It came with a bridle that I bought used.
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Seems very strange to me that it would be squeaking. Are the joints all fluid and flexible, or do they stick (and thus need WD-40)?
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Is WD-40 safe to use on a bit? I'll have to check it tomorrow evening if I remember, as I'll be going out to the barn to put a liner under my horse's sheet (or maybe just put on his winter blanket... snow is a'comin'!).
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People do use it. I dunno about the safety of it--I imagine you'd want to do a thorough cleaning afterward, but I don't know whether that would negate the oiling action, or not.... :/
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Use cooking oil or vegetable oil. It won't stink like WD40 and if the horse should get it in it's mouth it won't be bad
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Use cooking oil or vegetable oil. It won't stink like WD40 and if the horse should get it in it's mouth it won't be bad
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That's what the BO recommended. I'm inclined to try it. I don't think it can hurt!
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-11-2012, 11:21 AM
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Agreed with the veggie oil...I bought a used Myler a few weeks ago, and my GOD! It was squeaky. The oil fixed it up.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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