• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Bit warming techniques? what's yours?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bit warming techniques? what's yours?

    I've had several, depending on where I'm boarding and how things are laid out in each barn:

    1) leave bridle in tack room until I am ready to put it on, if the tack room is heated (usually is) and is also three steps from where I'm tacking up.

    2) run bit under warm water in the feed room sink, assuming the sink is located right near where I tack up

    3) put headstall & reins of bridle around my neck so bit hangs on my chest, and zip it under my coat (loose parts are all zipped safely away). proceed with tacking up, and when I get to the bridling part, pull out the now-warm bridle and put it on.

    I've never found it effective to hold the bit in my hands to warm it. Usually it just makes my already cold hands colder, and the bit stays cold, too.

    Anyone else have tricks they use for bit warming?

  • #2
    I have an old sock filled with rice that I'll stick in the microwave for a minute, and then drape over the bit. That works really well and then I can stick it in my pocket afterward to warm my fingers, or in my hoodie pocket to keep my stomach warm. (:

    If I don't have access to a microwave I just hold it in my hands and breathe on it... takes a little longer and makes me colder though. I also sometimes put my bridle in my car when I get to the barn, so by the time I go to put it on it's usually warmed up.
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

    Graphite/Pastel Portraits


    • #3
      I keep my bridle in the car in the winter, so when I get to the barn, it's warm.


      • #4
        Under my armpit, over my sweater, under my jacket while I'm grooming


        • #5
          I just hold it in my hands and blow on it a few times.


          • #6
            I made up a bunch of the rice bags for friends for presents this year. They work great and stay warm for 10-15 minutes.
            RIP Mydan Mydandy+
            RIP Barichello


            • #7
              Heated tackroom, currently

              However, when I have been at barns with unheated tackrooms and no hot water... we kept a little electric teapot in the tackroom so we could have small amounts of hot water. I'd put some water in there when I started tacking up, and it was hot by the time I was ready to bridle. Dump the water in a small bucket, dunk the bit in for about 3 seconds, and you have a nice warm bit.
              RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


              • #8
                I also made my own bit warmers that have velcro on it. I heat it up in the microwave right before heading to the barn and then wrap it around the bit. By the time I get to putting the bridle on it's nice and warm and it stays warm for a while so I put it in my jacket pocket for a little extra warmth.


                • #9
                  Works for fingers too!


                  • #10
                    I'm a boarder without access to hot water, and while the barn is insulated (awesome), the tack room is not heated.

                    I use THIS and it's one of my favoritest barn toys:

                    I use it with two of these bad boys:

                    Call it an overkill solution, but warming the bit is my least favorite part of winter riding, and when I take it off the bit, I can stick the Bitten down my jacket to keep ME warm.
                    Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


                    • #11
                      I use a hair dryer.


                      • #12
                        Board and ride at a barn that is all heated! haha! okay, yeah we are spoiled, but i love it!!

                        back to the OP...I used to keep it in my pocket of my hoodie or fleece that was under my heavy winter coat. warmed it up enough.
                        "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BigHorseLittleHorse View Post
                          Heated tackroom, currently

                          However, when I have been at barns with unheated tackrooms and no hot water... we kept a little electric teapot in the tackroom so we could have small amounts of hot water. I'd put some water in there when I started tacking up, and it was hot by the time I was ready to bridle. Dump the water in a small bucket, dunk the bit in for about 3 seconds, and you have a nice warm bit.

                          I dunk my bit in hot water, too. Good for keeping it clean and warm
                          Sarah K. Andrew | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr | Calendar


                          • #14
                            I microwave one of those magic bags that are filled with rice or beans or some such thing. Fold it over the bit while I groom and tack up and when I'm ready, the bit is nice and toasty. If I'm at a barn that doesn't have a microwave, I usually put the kettle on and drape the bit over the little spout and a towel over that - though it can actually get TOO hot in the middle this way, so I really do prefer the magic bag.


                            • #15
                              I hang everything around my neck and zip my coat over it... leave it there while I groom and tack up and then it's ready to go!
                              "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"


                              • #16
                                I always have those little hand warmer packets at the barn. I stick one in my front jacket pocket, activate, then hang the bridle over my shoulder and stuff the bit in the same pocket. Those suckers heat up quick so even if I forget to do it before the saddle goes on there's not much of a wait to get a warm bit.


                                • #17
                                  Heated tackroom, and hot water. In my new tackroom that doesn't have heat or a water heater yet, I use an electric heating pad - which my dog thinks is a pretty good bun warmer! (hot diggity dog!)


                                  • #18
                                    While my husband is not thrilled, I put a bridle hanger next to my front door, so the bridle comes home in the winter. It's right where I walk out so I remember to throw it in the car and it stays there until she's ready for it.
                                    I love the rice idea. I think I'll make one of those and see how it does.
                                    Don't toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!


                                    • #19
                                      Make someone else hold it in their hands!
                                      If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                                      Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                                      • #20
                                        We just keep our tack in a spare room/closet in the house
                                        If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
                                        DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
                                        Originally posted by talkofthetown
                                        As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.