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    09-30-2012, 06:53 PM
Rusting stainless bit

Now, this isn't an old pelter but a new one. It was rusting, tiny spots, when I removed it from the package. It was an on line purchase, at one of the big Canadian online stores that is Pleasant to shop at. They're up on the ridge. A few emails later I could send it back at my cost, it would be replaced (no thanks) and shipped out. This is a D ring snaffle with almost invisible copper lines on the tongue side. About a week ago I put this bit on the horse and didn't wipe it. It is now quite rusted, just the mouthpiece. There are different qualities of stainless and unless you spend about $40 you'll get crap. At least the more expensive has resale value, mine has none. I think I paid around $23.
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    09-30-2012, 07:49 PM
I am wondering if it is a sweet iron bit? Rusting is normal for those.
    09-30-2012, 08:04 PM
I dunno why it has but I would buy a new bit, a different one.
    09-30-2012, 08:16 PM

True stainless whether the common 304 or more expensive 316 does not rust, sounds like some kind of off formula mix if it rusts.

    09-30-2012, 11:22 PM
Just rub the rust off with some fine grain wet and dry sandpaper.
    09-30-2012, 11:42 PM
The fact that it is just the mouthpiece that is rusted, and not the shank/bit rings, sounds like it is a sweet iron bit... Not stainless. You want sweet iron to rust up, horses like the flavor.
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    10-01-2012, 11:25 AM
The mouthpiece is stainless, but as Southern Trails said, it's not good stainless. They do advertise bits as having a sweet iron mouth but usually in a loose ring, which I have. I wanted the narrower mouthpiece of the D ring. I have no intentions of washing the bit and sanding it down after each use. I'm not sure if the horse is ingesting any of this so it shall be trashed. I was just warning people to be very careful of quality when bit shopping. I have other stainless bits and when this one arrived it just didn't look the same, had more of a chrome look to it, which is electroplating. Once burned, twice shy.

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