Chrome Plated Bits- how are they?
Hi, does anyone know what are the benefits and drawbacks to chrome plated bits? I am writing a blog post about the different bit materials used out there and cannot find much about chrome.
I don't know that I've ever seen the mouthpeice on a bit chromed. As far as the shanks, the chroming would keep them shiny and rust free for a long time if taken care of.
Eggbutt Snaffle Bits and some other types if Broken Bits do come in crome, the cheap ones from overseas...
If you are looking at one of those types, spend a few dollars more for Stainless Steel.
I have seen the chromed bits after a few years flaking off chrome and gets in the horse mouth....aghhhhhh
Edit, found an interesting article http://www.culturedcowboy.com/bits/pages/bitintro.html
They always corrode and flake, initially at wear points eg. the mouthpiece link and ring/mouthpiece junctures, just where you don't want sharp edges.
Stick with stainless, unless your horse doesn't get on with the taste.
That explains a bit I found in my barn while cleaning old bridles. I know it had been years since it had been used, but it was pretty gross- chrome(?) plating coming off and really rusty underneath.
It didn't seem like it had been a high quality bit even before the finish started peeling :P
Ok here is the blog post:
The Best Bit For Your Horse – choosing the right material « AllHorseStuff
Thanks again for the input!
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