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post #1 of 15 Old 05-24-2012, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of Bit is this? and How do I clean it?

Hi I found this Bit on a head stall I kinda forgot I had when I was going through my horse tack I have home. I was wondering what kind of bit it is? If if would be ok to use on my horse? And Most importantly how do I clean it? Its really nasty from sitting around.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-24-2012, 10:23 PM
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That would be a D-ring snaffle with a dogbone. Very nice, mild bit that would be suitable for just about any horse. As for cleaning, I would let it soak in a tub of warm water for a few minutes and then take an old toothbrush to it. That will get all the gunk off of it.
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That would be a D-ring snaffle with a dogbone. Very nice, mild bit that would be suitable for just about any horse. As for cleaning, I would let it soak in a tub of warm water for a few minutes and then take an old toothbrush to it. That will get all the gunk off of it.
Awesome smrobs thanks! I figured it was some kind of snaffle but I just wasn't sure and didn't wanna sticking a random bit in my horses mouth lol So another quick question would it kind of be a step from the D-ring Copper roller snaffle I have on my bridle now?

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You betcha!

Do you have a picture (even a stock photo from the 'net) of the bit you're using now?

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If a brush doesn't get all the corrosion off you can use some steel-wool to get off the areas with the worst oxidation and rough edges.. Those green dish scour scrubbies work good too.

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Thanks Fingerlakes! And smrobs one sec i'll see if I do!

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Heres the bit I'm using now smrobs. PS sorry the pics are huge lol
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Okay, the dogbone bit would have a bit more tongue pressure than the roller bit. Because it has 2 joints instead of just one, there is less pressure directly on the bars and the dogbone is considered to be a milder bit than a single jointed bit like your current bit. With a single jointed bit, most of the pressure applied directly to the outside of the bars in the horse's mouth. The dogbone prevents that "nutcracker" action and much more of the pressure is on the tongue and not nearly so much is on the bars, though there is still some.

An easy way to see the difference in the action of the 2 is to put your hand on the bit where it would sit in the horse's mouth and then either stand on the reins and pull or have someone pull on the reins. What it feels like on your hand is what the horse feels.

Some horses really like the double jointed bits. Others really hate tongue pressure so they prefer the single jointed, it's all a matter of preference.

I would give it a shot and see if he likes it. The first couple of times you use it, he may want to play with it a lot just because it lays different, but after that, you'll likely be able to tell which one he likes better.

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Thanks for all the info smrobs! I don't know to much about bits as you can see! I can't wait to get it cleaned up and see if Shaggy likes it or not. We've been using that copper roller forever so he might welcome the change lol

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Your question has been answered what it is, as for cleaning bits like that, I put them in the dishwasher with jet dry. Honestly! Colgate toothpaste and a toothbrush works too, but more work. For the joints in the D ring pieces, get the waxed dental floss picks, it will lift gunk out and smooth it out so it doesn't creak when your horse mouths the bit.

I'll buy up the dirty/crappy looking ones from tack swaps, clean and shine them and then sell them at the next one for more $. I am a bit ho and hate to see nice bits go to waste :)
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