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