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post #11 of 19 Old 03-23-2018, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Clean Bits

Thank you everyone for your replies. I am new to this forum and really appreciate everyones input. Glad to hear it is as simple as using water to clean the bit.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-23-2018, 02:00 AM
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Rarely clean mine, and just water when I do. Just checked the bits...small piece of grass on one, but that was it.

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post #13 of 19 Old 03-23-2018, 07:48 AM
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I think what you will find with filth, saliva and such on a bit often has to do with what the horse was doing just prior to being bridled or while riding.
If you take the horse from food and eating, then immediately stuff a bit in the mouth then there is residue in the mouth now attaching to your bit.
If you are out riding and your horse grazes or steals food along the trail, then the bit is now going to have residue on it from that...
If you are riding and the horse is just normal saliva mouthed, then that is what you find....

I don't eat from dirty plates, knife or fork put in my mouth, nor dirty hands...
Why would I expect anything different than that to do to my horses...same idea to me.
If it goes in the mouth it better be clean.
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post #14 of 19 Old 03-23-2018, 08:22 AM
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I always rinse the bit in plain water after riding. If any further cleaning is needed, I just use one of those green fibre pot scourers and then rinse very well. If it's a bit from another place coming to mine, I wash in a small amount of mild dilute detergent solution, rinse well in plain water, and then sit it in the peak UV sun for a while. Don't forget to turn and do the other side! UV sterilisation is free and doesn't add to the planet's toxic chemical load.

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...I don't eat from dirty plates, knife or fork put in my mouth, nor dirty hands...Why would I expect anything different than that to do to my horses...
I also never poop on my dinner plate, eat off of the floor or drink from lakes. I don't wash my dogs' food bowls after every meal. My horses get a lot of their meals in 80 gallon rubber buckets, and I don't rinse those out very often either.

My favorite trail bit is this one, in part because anything they eat along the ride won't get stuck to it:


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post #16 of 19 Old 03-24-2018, 10:19 PM
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You can scrub them with toothpaste and a toothbrush, or put them in the dishwasher too. That's what I do with a new bit or an old one that's been sitting a while.
On a daily or once in a while basis, just dunk them in water to soak for a little while and use a sponge to clean them off.
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post #17 of 19 Old 03-24-2018, 10:24 PM
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I second toothpaste and/or the dishwasher for a big clean up, otherwise just rinse, or wipe down after use.
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-25-2018, 08:10 PM
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By the way, the main reason I rinse the bit after riding, even when there's only saliva on it, is to stop the saliva drying on it and forming a rough layer. The shed epithelial cells and other debris in the mouth can turn the bit somewhat sandpapery, and smooth has got to be more comfortable against the horse's soft tissues in the mouth than even slightly sandpapery.

Toothpaste is an excellent idea as a cleaning polish for when things have to sparkle, I like it.

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post #19 of 19 Old 03-25-2018, 11:16 PM
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I'm one of those that doesn't clean the bit after every ride. I rinse it with water only if it's visibly dirty after a ride. I clean and condition my whole bridle once a month or so. When I do that, I scrub the bit with a toothbrush and some dish soap. Toothbrush bristles are great for cleaning out the joints on a snaffle.

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