is it possible to clean rust off of a sweet iron bit?
I have a sweet iron copper roller dr bristol for my horse and it has gone rusty on the sweetiron part of the bit. Is it possible to clean the rust off?
- 1 decade agoBest answer
Use steel wool pads to remove rust. Do not use rust cleaners as they can be harmful to horses if not rinsed off well enough. You could also try vinegar, though if it's very rusty, it wont work that well.
As a correction to some of the answers, rust CAN be harmful to horses. If you can't get the rust off, get a new bit. The rust can sit in their digestive track. It could also infect any sore on/in their mouth.
- Greg BLv 71 decade ago
It was my understanding that sweet iron bits were supposed to rust and that is was the rust flavor that the horses liked and that helped them to mouth the bit and become soft in the mouth.
- PRSLv 61 decade ago
if the bit is heavily rusted then you can scrub it up with a fine sand paper or nylon scrub cloth. If it is just light rust it is fine to use as is. It will always rust a little because that is what it is supposed to do.
- Amy SLv 61 decade ago
The bit is actually designed to rust. The horses like the taste of it
You could try a steel wool pad to get some of it off. They also make special scrubbers for bits designed to shine them up, but the name is currently escaping me . . .
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- BarrelBabeLv 41 decade ago
Yep, I did, mine was sitting around for a while and when I did, I took fine grit sand-paper and scrubbed it off...it came off okay...but it did take most of the nice coating off...my little guy doesnt mind tho!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
believe it or not one of the great things for getting rust off stuff is very soured goats milk!!!!
- 1 decade ago
Yes i think x