It's best to warm it up before putting it in their mouth, but no it is not wrong. We now have a heated tack room, but I used to just warm it up with my hands or inside my coat before putting it in their mouth
I warm my bit up either in my hands, the lounge, or for MY horse who is boarded where I dont have access to a heated lounge, I will leave the bridle in the house, take it with me to the barn in the car so it gets all warm in there.
Oooh I see. I ride in the Winter, of course *just not in freezing temperatures* - and when I do, I use my Bit Warmer. I stick it in the nooker for a few mintues and then wrap it around my bit. It hangs on my bit while I catch him, groom him, tack him up and by the time it is ready to go into his mouth, it is nice and warm for him.
I used to warm it up with my hand, but that sucks in the cold. Once I put my winter riding gloves on, I don't want to have to take them off to warm my bit.
So the Bit Warmer comes in handy
Now, with the bit sticking to their lips or tongue, I have never seen it happen - but again, I don't ride my horse in the freezing temperatures. I don't think it would happen though - good question!
I ride my horses at all temps, but it never gets really below freezing here, and if I am riding in the cold, I only do light flatwork, like stretching and such. I have an insulated tack room, so the bit isn't that bad.
In the winter, I keep the bridles in the house where it's warm. I go right out to the field and bridle them up there so the bit doesn't have a chance to get too cold. When it's REALLY cold, like -25 celcius, I keep the bridle inside my coat from the house to the horse.
At an unheated barn I know, they have an old soup can nailed to the wall with a hook above it so they rest the bit on the can with the bridle hanging. Then chuck a tea light in the can and put an inflammable cover on it. There are a few holes in the can to let oxygen in too.
Can you tell this place is owned by an engineer?? lol...
i ride in below freezing temps & have never had a problem with a bit when its that cold. at my barn we have a space heater in the restroom so i turn it on when i get there & hang my bridle up there. my hands are always really cold so i hate holding a cold bit, i need all the warmth i can get !
So long as the bit is warm before you put it in their mouth, everything should be fine. I have never had a problem with a horse showing discomfort due to a cold bit after it was already in their mouth. However, I do feel sorry for them in REALLY cold weather because I figure they can feel the cold in the bit; not enough to be painful but maybe uncomfortable. Anymore, I try to ride in either a halter or bosal hackamore in cold weather.
I live in Wisconsin where it gets crazy cold. I work for a trail riding facility and we ride all the time. We try to make sure that the bits are warm for them. Granteed you can't get them super warm when you have to walk outside and put them in but something is better than nothing. If you are worried about it and your horse does okay bridless than go ahead and do that. I have a 5 year old and she is not up for that yet on trail becuase with snow everthing looks different so sometimes you can have a hors get spooked out there so be careful of that. As far as riding in the cold cold temps if your horse is boarded outside then its not really a problem but try not to bring them in and out when they are hot and cold. There lungs can take alot but it is just like us when you go outside in the really cold your lungs can hurt the same thing can happen to horses. Good luck and enjoy the winter
Thanks, yeah my mom and dad are talking about getting a heated barn, BEcause my mare Roxxi MIGHT be pregnant and plus our Big Horn Sheep babies are always born in the winter time and sometimes, of the cold weather, some dont make it.