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  • Can rust on a bit harm a horse
  • Are bits supposed to rust

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    07-25-2012, 11:06 PM
Coke (as in the soda) works as well to remove rust. Used it on a bunch of car parts.
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    07-25-2012, 11:13 PM
Cherie, don't have to be so old to know what those are . We had 2 functional ones until just recently LOL.

As for using rusted bits, it greatly depends on the bit. Sweet iron is supposed to rust and horses do seem to like the taste better. I don't try to clean the rust off, I just check them over frequently to make sure that there aren't any sharp spots that might hurt a horse.

HOWEVER, there are other bits, specifically those plated type bits (usually chrome plated ones are the worst) where the plating will start to crack and they will start rusting there. As they rust, the plating will start to chip away and leave some really nasty sharp edges that can tear a horse up horribly. But, those are those really crappy cheap bits that aren't worth having anyway.
    07-26-2012, 08:14 AM
I bought my mare a sweet iron handmade bit and she did really well with it. An easy experiment to try to find out how sweet rust tastes is to find a rusty nail sanitize it then put it in your mouth. You will see how sweet it tastes. My Father was a carpenter and he would often put a nail or two in his mouth while working on something to have a nail handy when he needed one. He would give me a scrap piece of wood/board a few nails and a hammer and I would do the same thing with a nail or two.

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