I've never liked the thought of putting a cold bit in a horses' mouth but I knew it had to be done and I figured it'd warm up in a moment. I had a loose-ring snaffle bit charm keychain thingy and it had been out on my purse in the garage all night and it was freezing. I'm weird so I decided to put it in my mouth to see how cold it really is and IT WAS FREEZING! So. Cold. And it didn't warm up! I don't own a horse but I know some really sweet, old therapy horses and I want the best for them cuz they are doing such a boring yet helpful job but they don't have a bit warmer (i.e the Bit Blanket). And they aren't mine so its not like I can go buy one for them!! So how do you warm up a bit? How long does it take? Most of the horses just had loose ring D-ring snaffle bits but one has a curb chain and I imagine that is cold, too! How long and how do you warm up a bit?
You could keep the bits indoors, buy a bit warmer or soak them in warm water for a few minutes. You could keep them covered up, or put them in a pocket for a little while. There's a ton of ways to warm up a bit. Soaking in warm water is probably the easiest but make sure after you soak the bit that its not burning hot - touch it afterwards to test the temp.
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You don't have to have an electric bit warmer to warm up the bits. There are microwaveable ones out there that hold their heat for a long time, so you can even microwave them at home and then drive out to the barn and they still do the trick when you get there.
There's a HF member who sells them for a pretty reasonable price: http://www.horseforum.com/tack-equip...s-hand-102485/
The Bit warmers that Rebecca makes are great! My horse and I both LOVE it :)
If you want, I could make you a fleece bit warmer. I've been meaning to start a thread in the for sale section. I made them for all of the boarders at my barn and sti have the materials to make more. If you're interested, PM me. I can send pictures of what they look like too.
Thanks everyone! I'll check some of that stuff out and try your tips :)
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