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        07-25-2012, 02:54 PM
    If it comes off with a steel pad I defiantly wouldn't use the chemical! But yes if I did, I'd run it through the dishwasher (without soap) about a dozen times or so.
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        07-25-2012, 03:21 PM
    I would never "derust" a bit. Heck, in the olden days they would set them outside in the weather to rust them on purpose...
        07-25-2012, 03:22 PM
    Originally Posted by Faceman    
    I would never "derust" a bit. Heck, in the olden days they would set them outside in the weather to rust them on purpose...
    Do you know why? Or is it the same reason we talked about with the horses enjoying the taste better, and it acting much like a copper piece?
        07-25-2012, 03:34 PM
    Yup...they used to call it "sweetening the bit"...
        07-25-2012, 03:45 PM
    We have many different snaffles, but the one that gets hung on a colt for the first time is an old snaffle that looks like we dug it out of the stock tank. They love that old bit! Colts always mouth a bit quite a bit the first few times they have one in anyhow, but they seem to really slobber with that one.
        07-25-2012, 03:47 PM
    Thats interesting. Now I know where the "sweet metal" idea originated from. Rusty bits! You learn something new everyday!
        07-25-2012, 04:16 PM
    Some bits are designed to rust, to make the bit more palatable to the horse to carry.
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        07-25-2012, 09:05 PM
    If you want to get rid of the rust just soak the bit in vinegar for a few days then give it a good scrub . The vinegar disolves the rust and wont harm the horse if some residue is left on.
        07-25-2012, 09:11 PM
    Ive been using a borrowed snaffle bit. Its very old and very rusted. I had no problems with it. On the previous mare I was using, nor on my mare I just bought. I've been using it on both horses for about 6 months now.
    I've since stopped using it, b/c im trying out a couple of different styles. But the rust seemed to matter not to either one of um. They both excepted the bit very readily.
        07-25-2012, 11:46 PM
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    All of my hand-made bits are 'sweet iron' and are all rusty. I do not leave them out, so they do not get 'flaky' or 'crusty', but they are all dark rust color. I prefer them to any other bits I have ever used.

    I hate stainless, will not use aluminum, and like sweet iron greatly over copper or copper inlaid.

    Is anyone here old enough to remember what a 'sulky rake' is? They are the old horse-drawn hay rakes that drag hay up into piles so it could be put in a loose stack with a horse-drawn 'buck-rake'.

    Two of the best bit makers I know would rather use the iron rake teeth of old sulky rakes than any other 'mild steel' that they can buy to make the mouth-pieces from for a bit.

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