The thrifty horsewoman- bit wipes!

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  • Do horses really like bit wipes?

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    11-19-2013, 11:43 AM
Wink The thrifty horsewoman- bit wipes!

I came up with a recipe for bit wipes after my horse kept refusing to take the bit after moving him to a new barn. The bit wipes you can buy are $15 for 40 wipes and my horse down right hated the taste.


1 TBS pure peppermint extract
2-2.5 cups water
A roll of heavy duty shop paper towels (the blue ones)
A small- medium size Tupperware container ( I got 2 for $1 at Walmart...they are about 4x6 inches in size and about 3 inches deep)

What to do:

Start by cutting your paper towels. I take four off the roll, fold them in half and cut. Stack the two stacks on top of each other and cut into thirds. Makes the perfect size for my container. You can cut them however you would like though.

Next, mix water and peppermint extract in the container.

Lay the paper towels in the solution and keep lid on so they don't dry out.

You can add more water/ peppermint extract if you are making more or have a bigger container. You want the solution to completely cover your towels.

Voila- bit wipes that cost under $5, last a long time, and your horse will go nuts for!

My horse now looks forward to the bit and really enjoys the sweet peppermint taste he gets while we ride
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    11-19-2013, 07:28 PM
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I've always dipped bits...and wiped off with towel.

Just dip in water and wipe dry is best, no waste, nothing to throw away, and no major expense.
    11-19-2013, 08:13 PM
Originally Posted by Palomine    
I've always dipped bits...and wiped off with towel.

Just dip in water and wipe dry is best, no waste, nothing to throw away, and no major expense.
The wipes she's talking about are not to clean the bit, but to 'pre-treat' the bit and smush a bit of positive flavor on the bit so that the horse accepts it more readily.
    11-19-2013, 11:53 PM
Right, dancingarabian! These are to flavor the bit BEFORE putting the bit into the horses mouth! To clean the bit I just use water and a toothbrush for the jointed parts
    11-19-2013, 11:55 PM
Oh my gosh! This makes me so happy! I've always wanted to try the flavored bit wipes but could never justify paying 15-20 bucks on them. I'm so making these as a rainy day craft.
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    11-19-2013, 11:58 PM
They were a lot of fun to make, and I love giving my horse a bit he really enjoys! Plus, you can make this with any flavor you want really. Peppermint being the most popular flavor among my guy, but there is butterscotch extract I'm sure most horses would be fond of too and probably vanilla as well!

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