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post #1 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum Bits

Anyone know why people used to ride all the time with aluminum bits but now they don't? I've just been curious why you never see them anymore. Are they bad or just too light weight?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 06:36 PM
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Probably, im by no means an expert but I read some where other metals that are used because that rust and become sweet?

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 08:46 PM
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Aluminum is generally not a very strong metal. If you pull too hard on it or it gets caught on something, it can be pulled out of shape. Also, I have heard that aluminum actually tastes bitter to horses and most are unhappy with aluminum bits.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm. Interesting, thanks.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 09:06 PM
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I've heard of snaffles snapping at the joint, but never about what metal they were made of. Thinking back, it was probably aluminum.. Even thicker sheets of it can be bent with bare hands.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-30-2010, 10:43 PM
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Aluminum can splinter pretty badly when a horse chomps on the bit, so that may also be why they don't make them as much anymore either...

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