Mouthpiece material preference? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: What's your preference in bits?
Stainless steel 2 14.29%
Copper 3 21.43%
Sweet Iron 3 21.43%
Rubber 1 7.14%
Flavored Rubber 2 14.29%
Some combination of the above 3 21.43%
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post #1 of 7 Old 08-09-2009, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Mouthpiece material preference?

I was looking up the differences of copper vs. sweet iron, and got to wondering what was most popular.
Please vote and give your reasons~!

I like stainless steel, but not for any particular reason. It just happens to be the easiest to find in my area, and all my horses will take a stainless steel bit -- 2-Pak won't take sweet iron, and Bandit and Tanner won't take copper. I've never tried rubber, but I sort of want to give those flavored rubber bits a try... Any experience as to how long that flavor lasts?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-09-2009, 11:36 AM
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I put copper (or copper inlay), because I couldn't find any type of bit I really want in sweet iron. :) I tried pure stainless steel, and both my horses were not impressed.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-10-2009, 12:26 PM
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Sweet Iron, without a doubt. If I couldn't find a particular bit with sweet iron, my second choice is copper.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-10-2009, 06:06 PM
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whatever that particular horse likes the most! my favorite universal bit is a Herm Sprenger which is made up of some alloy called Aurigon. But I have a sweet iron that lots of horses seem to go nicely in as well. I figure as long as the horse is happy and and going well in it AND it's not cheap (can't stand cheap bits) it's a good bit.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-10-2009, 08:08 PM
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On all my horses now, I use a sweet iron with copper inlay. They all seem to like it well. However, I did have 1 horse a long time ago who would refuse anything except stainless. He was kindof a wierdo though. LOL
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 04:51 AM
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I prefer sweet iron, with stainless steel as my second choice.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 03:12 PM
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Blue goes stainless steal for jumping and a rubber happy mouth for dressage. Geoffery uses a stainless steal for both

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