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How do you warm your bit in cold weather?

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  • How do you warm your bit in cold weather?

    I board so I don't have access to hot water to warm the bit. I have done the thermos thing but it is a nuisance to remember. I searched on line for bit blankets and they can be pricey.
    Any good ideas?

  • #2
    Bring your bridle home with you so it can hang inside until you go to the barn. Or at least ride in the car with the heat on while you drive to the barn.


    • #3
      Hair dryer.
      Warms the bit AND your fingers.
      Can dry horse if sweaty.
      A barn staple in the winter! Assuming you have access to an outlet, of course.
      Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


      • #4
        Hang the bridle around your neck, inside your jacket, as you groom. By the time you're ready to bridle, the bit will be warm


        • #5
          can you use a plug in heater - I heat up my bridle, pad, girth and horse boots in front of the heater beforehand.


          • #6
            I use the Bitten bit warmer. http://www.bittenstore.com/. If you on't care about color, thy usually have deals in their clearance section.

            You stick one of the chemical handwarmers in it, and velcro it around the bit. No electricity or hot water needed - It's great!

            I buy a big box of handwarmers from Costco at the beginning of winter.


            • #7
              Microwave one of those cheap reusable hot/cold packs from the drug store and wrap it around the mouthpiece while grooming.


              • #8
                While I'm grooming and tacking up I take a "Hot Hands" hand warmer, put it on the bit, and wrap a couple of turns around with a polo wrap. It's just right by time to ride.
                Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                • #9
                  Hopefully it's sunny and first thing I do is get my bridle and find a nice sunny spot out of the wind. By the time I halter my horse take to the barn, groom and saddle the bit has warmed up. But I also board at a small private place and don't have to worry about my bridle walking off.

                  Also what Simkie said.
                  Moving on doesn't mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what happended and continue living.


                  • #10
                    I typically use my bare hands, or breathe on it! You can actually get fleece warmers for them that are $13ish, but last year I even used to use a old soft facecloth and took it off right before I use it, and it did the trick! Hope this helps!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GreyDes View Post
                      I use the Bitten bit warmer. http://www.bittenstore.com/. If you on't care about color, thy usually have deals in their clearance section.
                      This is what I use. Love it.


                      • #12
                        Put it in your pocket.
                        Pro Slaughter
                        Anti Parelli


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                          Hang the bridle around your neck, inside your jacket, as you groom. By the time you're ready to bridle, the bit will be warm
                          Good idea. Or start the car, turn the heater up all the way, and lay the bridle on the floorboard.


                          • #14
                            Chemical hand warmer inside an old halter fleece. Cut the fleece tube down to size and then you can just velcro it on/off.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by heavensdew View Post
                              I board so I don't have access to hot water to warm the bit. I have done the thermos thing but it is a nuisance to remember. I searched on line for bit blankets and they can be pricey.
                              Any good ideas?
                              I have a closed oil heater,I lay it over that til the chill is off

                              Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                              I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.


                              • #16
                                I warm it in my hands, but DUH it never occurred to me to take it home and not just leave it in the cold barn. Sigh.

                                He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                                • #17
                                  I run it under hot water in the bathroom. Works quickly and easily
                                  Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                                  My equine soulmate
                                  Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                                  • #18
                                    I fill an old sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Lacking a microwave, I warm it in my hands and breathe on it. But the sock bit warmer works really well.
                                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                                    • #19
                                      We have several hot water sources in the barn so I usually wet a cloth with super hot water and wrap it around the bit as I'm putting the saddle on. By the time I'm ready for it the bit has come to a perfect temp. Sometimes I will run the hot water over the bit directly but the metal heats up within a couple of seconds so you have to let it cool before you bridle the horse.


                                      • #20
                                        OK, I read this wrong and thought it said "how do you warm your bits.......", which meant something completely different to me!