Sweet Iron vs. Stainless
Which is better?
The Sweet Iron one I'm looking at has copper inlays too, and is actually cheaper than the pure stainless one.
Many of our like the sweet iron bits better, when I say like, I mean they seem to be a little calmer and less head shacking, from what people have said the iron gives them a better taste in their mouth, where the SS does not taste as good, anyway it does seem to work on several of our Horses better.
I find that the people who use SS like it as it does not rust and has a nice appearance. I prefer using sweet iron because it has a flavor the horses like, and when it does rust it adds to the taste. The copper inlays helps with salavation, which I also like as they dont get dry mouthed while working.
I like the sweet iron bits too. One of the first things we did was replace a rusty nasty bit with a brand new shiney SS one because we felt that the horse couldn't possibly like that rusty piece of junk in it's mouth....WRONG! The horse shook and chomped and just plainly preferred the sweet iron bit.
ETA- The bits were identical, one was just SS and the other rusty sweet iron.
Yep, like everyone else is getting at, it depends on the horse. A bigger percentage prefer the sweet iron but there are some that like the SS. I had a QH a long time ago that would not take a sweet iron bit. He would only accept either a SS or a copper. So I opted for a SS with copper inlays and he loved it. If you go with sweet iron, just watch when it starts to rust that it doesn't develop really rough or sharp edges. If it does, a piece of steel wool will do the trick to erase the roughness without taking the rust away.
I'm a huge fan of sweet iron, but that because my horse is a lot better with it in his mouth. He is softer and easier to get on the bit with it.
This is his exact bit:
Sweet Iron Eggbutt Snaffle Bit with Copper Inlay: Horse Tack, Horse Bits, BareBack Pad, Saddle Pads and Horse Clothing - Horse Supplies for your Horses at Discount Prices
With my mare I can't tell the difference so we just use a SS french link... just because.
And smrobs, I find that interesting, I've never heard of/seen a horse that didn't like sweet iron, but I guess they, like humans, have different tastes.
Personally, I avoid stainless altogether and only use sweet iron. I have some bits that have stainless in other parts of the bit but the mouth is sweetiron.
BTW it does not rust like a car fender does, it gets a brown patina and stays solid. I've been using one particular bit for over a dozen years with no reason to believe it wouldn't last forever.
Kai has the sweet iron and Com just has a SS, he has never had an issue with the SS so why fix what isn't broken, though I am tempted to pop it in his mouth and see...
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