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How do you warm up your horse's bit pre-ride during cold weather?

Run it under warm water
8%
63
Store it in a heated tack room (or my car)
17%
133
I use my hands and/or breathe on it
45%
354
I ride bitless
15%
119
Other (share your tip)
15%
119

Total votes cast: 788

Comments & Write-in Answers

I have done before ride grooming w/bit in the front of my parka.

1/16/2012 10:35:35 PM

I put in inside my jacket til I'm ready to bridle.

1/16/2012 9:59:06 PM

I also rub it in my hands and blow on it.

1/16/2012 9:01:41 PM

use a pouch with an sleeve for a handwarmer. works great, not too hot.

1/16/2012 7:24:09 PM

I use an old heating pad for my back. I plug it in, fold it in half, put the bit inside.

1/16/2012 6:55:20 PM

Rubber bits are great in cold weather.

1/16/2012 6:47:57 PM

I also have my horse breath on it and he licks it too which helps the bit warm up

1/16/2012 6:23:34 PM

Bring it in the house prior to a ride; also, put it under my coat in my armpit.

1/16/2012 5:07:01 PM

When I did use a bit, I always warmed it in my hands first.

1/16/2012 5:03:20 PM

I don't ride when it's that cold.

1/16/2012 4:00:46 PM

I use rice in polar fleece sewn bag, pop in microwave 2 minutes wrap bit while tacking up

1/16/2012 3:54:38 PM

I half fill a tube sock with rice, put in the micro wave for 1-2 minutes and wrap bit while brushing

1/16/2012 3:29:48 PM

warm water or put on car dashboard heater then wrap with warm towelor use hackamore if no warming op

1/16/2012 3:19:23 PM

Place the bit over the defrost vents in a warm vehicle-make sure not to get the bit too warm.

1/16/2012 3:18:16 PM

warming the bit in my hands has worked fine for the last 60 years!

1/16/2012 2:53:24 PM

My friend Wendell makes bit warmers for all the horses at the barn.

1/16/2012 2:34:24 PM

Use a bit blanket - quick, easy and doesn't overheat bit

1/16/2012 1:09:49 PM

Warmwater not available. I take a soup thermos hot water, drop my bit in while I tack up.

1/16/2012 10:39:45 AM

I don't

1/16/2012 9:47:59 AM

same as always stick it underneath your armpit for a few minutes, good way to warm syringe of meds

1/16/2012 5:18:07 AM

We have a small flood light suspended in a styrofoam cooler that we put our gloves and bit in.

1/15/2012 9:42:44 PM

Put it between my legs

1/15/2012 8:41:07 PM

bit blanket

1/15/2012 7:59:45 PM

I board at a heated barn.

1/15/2012 6:56:52 PM

Electric bit warmer

1/15/2012 6:48:52 PM

I don't

1/15/2012 6:47:11 PM

Bits are very hard on horses' mouths, so we don't use them.

1/15/2012 6:22:09 PM

We use a re-useable thermo pack and then tuck it into our boots or pockets for cold weather riding

1/15/2012 3:02:32 PM

i keep it under my coat while grooming pre-ride

1/14/2012 9:40:43 PM

I put my headstall inside my coat while I brush my horse. When he is ready to ride my bit is warm

1/14/2012 8:16:46 PM

down my shirt

1/14/2012 7:29:15 PM

Stick it under my armpit. ;)

1/14/2012 6:32:20 PM

Breathe on it! Or stick under arm in jacket

1/14/2012 5:48:19 PM

This is such a no brainer..why even ask..good heavens

1/14/2012 3:49:20 AM

nothing

1/14/2012 2:42:37 AM

Wrap it in a microwaved therapeutic compress. Great for me too until we're ready for bit.

1/14/2012 2:18:05 AM

we don't have extremely cold weather

1/13/2012 11:12:00 PM

I put it in between my shirt and jacket while I groom prior to thr ride

1/13/2012 10:03:22 PM

Keep the bridles in the house.

1/13/2012 8:46:33 PM

purchased an electric bit warmer. works great.

1/13/2012 8:04:48 PM

Don't drive in winter! !

1/13/2012 7:14:44 PM

In Australia a hot bit is more of an issue

1/13/2012 5:44:46 PM

Heating pad, microwaved rice pack.

1/13/2012 4:26:50 PM

we don't

1/13/2012 2:56:06 PM

bit snaps to bridle - keep in my pocket until ready to ride, then snap on bridle

1/13/2012 10:14:57 AM

Hands, storage, water, ...

1/13/2012 8:46:27 AM

I use a bit warmer; a sock filled with rice.

1/13/2012 8:06:45 AM

I hang everything over my shoulder and stuff the bit into my pocket

1/13/2012 7:32:19 AM

i bought a bit warmer

1/13/2012 7:18:06 AM

Carry it around for about 10 minutes in armpit: under my coat/outside of shirt.

1/13/2012 5:06:20 AM

I learned to control my horse w/o a bit, it's awesome!

1/12/2012 9:48:54 PM

Put it in a plastic bag with a gal. jug of hot water or use a warm blow drier.Works on hydrants too

1/12/2012 8:08:21 PM

No problem for me--no bit, no cold metal in my horse's mouth!

1/12/2012 7:51:43 PM

Wrap the bit in a towel soaked in hot water

1/12/2012 7:39:38 PM

i sit on it

1/12/2012 6:59:03 PM

homemade bit warmer with grain and microfleece.

1/12/2012 6:52:55 PM

When on an endurance ride, I keep the bit and the pad in my LQ overnight.

1/12/2012 4:06:26 PM

I keep it in the house until needed.

1/12/2012 3:54:48 PM

Under your armpit or between your thighs are good warm spots to tuck the bit for a bit!

1/12/2012 3:04:03 PM

I use the Bitten. I has a reusable heat pack. It works much faster than other methods

1/12/2012 2:57:12 PM

Place it in my pocket

1/12/2012 2:40:06 PM

I place the bridle bit under my jacket & hold it between my body and arm . While grooming & tacking

1/12/2012 1:57:40 PM

Dip it in the automatic waterer

1/12/2012 11:33:02 AM

stick it under my shirt while grooming

1/12/2012 11:24:26 AM

I don't ride when it is that cold

1/12/2012 10:04:44 AM

Hairdryer

1/12/2012 9:15:45 AM

since we drive minis, I can put the whole thing under my arm

1/12/2012 8:41:29 AM

Hang headstall around your neck inside your jacket while grooming. Tack up time = warm bit:)

1/12/2012 2:18:26 AM

I live in central California. We are blessed with lovely

1/12/2012 12:31:53 AM

I live in Alaska and use a bit warmer when it gets to cold to warm the bit in my hands.

1/11/2012 11:36:49 PM

i hang the bridle around my neck and the bit is under my jacket

1/11/2012 11:16:49 PM

put bucket of hot water next to crossties

1/11/2012 10:44:47 PM

just bought a Bitten bit warmer...a good thing!

1/11/2012 9:57:22 PM

I stick it inside my jacket with the bridle over my shoulder while tacking up.

1/11/2012 8:09:02 PM

I keep a blow dryer in the tack room; great for bits & hands, too :-)

1/11/2012 8:02:24 PM

Use a small baby wipe warmer either by itself or wrapped around an empty babywipe cont. w/ water.

1/11/2012 7:19:58 PM

wrap with microwave bit warmer

1/11/2012 7:16:11 PM

No question, A hairdryer fixes a cold bit every time

1/11/2012 7:15:56 PM

Lay it in the sun for a long time

1/11/2012 7:07:36 PM

Use a bit warmer

1/11/2012 6:47:08 PM

I put it in my pants pocket until ready to use it

1/11/2012 6:06:49 PM

Hang the bridle around my neck so the bit is inside my coat while I groom and tack up.

1/11/2012 5:46:34 PM

stick it in my sleeve while I'm grooming. I used to ride witha hackamore, till I got ran away with!

1/11/2012 4:11:47 PM

I don't. Never seems to be a problem as he never avoids the bit.

1/11/2012 3:46:24 PM

Flask of HOT water in bucket. Pop bit in for a few minutes. Check before use.

1/11/2012 3:35:50 PM

I wrap a chemmical hand warmer around the bit while I'm grooming my horse.

1/11/2012 3:15:46 PM

A side pull hackamore gives me full control and the horse likes it better than a bit.

1/11/2012 3:07:06 PM

I slip it down the back of my jeans between the jeans and my long johns while I groom her.

1/11/2012 3:05:04 PM

Kepp the bit in a warm tack room and then warm it with your hand.

1/11/2012 2:53:54 PM

I try to remember to put it in the cab of my truck before I trailer out to ride

1/11/2012 1:36:46 PM

Put it under my arm - poor Horse

1/11/2012 12:39:33 PM

use a bit warmer that has been put in a microwave

1/11/2012 12:14:18 PM

Live in a warm climate.

1/11/2012 10:38:46 AM

come on people, a piece of meatal in ahorses mouth, try bitless you will never go back and the horse

1/11/2012 10:18:26 AM

Go bitless and you'll never have to worry about it!

1/10/2012 11:48:44 PM

Electric Bit Warmer!

1/10/2012 11:06:13 PM

heat over a light bulb with a can holder

1/10/2012 10:45:29 PM

Put it under my jacket, preferably under my arm while I am grooming and saddling

1/10/2012 9:51:05 PM

Put it in my armpit for a few minutes while grooming

1/10/2012 9:46:02 PM

I hang the bridle from my shoulder, under my jacket(s), so bit warms up against my body.

1/10/2012 9:25:11 PM

I keep my bridles in the house since I have my horses in my barn on my own property.

1/10/2012 9:23:29 PM

hold it in my underarm

1/10/2012 9:17:31 PM

I use a hot/cold gel pack and warm it in the microwave for 1 min. then lay it over the bit.

1/10/2012 8:12:31 PM

We have a bit warmer made from a tin can and a light bulb

1/10/2012 7:39:43 PM

I keep it in the house and put it under my coat until I'm ready to ride.

1/10/2012 7:22:49 PM

I also have a Bit Blanket (electric bit warmer) to use if I have to leave the bit in a cold room.

1/10/2012 7:21:26 PM

hair dryer

1/10/2012 7:15:14 PM

using a hairdryer

1/10/2012 7:06:05 PM

Bit Blanket- I plug it in while I groom and tack up, and when I'm ready to bridle, the bit is warm!

1/10/2012 6:15:59 PM

tack room is well insulated, not too cold

1/10/2012 6:09:27 PM

I stuff the bridle/bit under my jacket and "wear" it while I groom and tack up.

1/10/2012 6:07:22 PM

I put it under my armpit inside my coat. It warms quickly.

1/10/2012 6:05:30 PM

My barn stays warm or is heated so bits are not cold.

1/10/2012 6:03:29 PM

hand warmers

1/10/2012 5:58:48 PM

I use a Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle and absolutely love it, as do my horses!!!!

1/10/2012 5:42:34 PM

use a portable hair dryer

1/10/2012 4:52:42 PM

lay it in front of a low voltage space heater

1/10/2012 4:46:59 PM

electric bit warmer or hairdryer if the electric isn't available

1/10/2012 4:41:56 PM

Store in heated area--then goes straight to horse's mouth.

1/10/2012 4:30:57 PM

armpit!

1/10/2012 4:30:30 PM

do not do it

1/10/2012 4:25:49 PM

We use Reinsman mechanical hackamores. Both our guys do better with them anyway.

1/10/2012 4:23:16 PM

I use a tear open warming pad, wrap it around the bit while I groom... then put it in my boots!

1/10/2012 4:21:38 PM

zip the bridle in my jacket ad put the bit under the waist band of my breeches

1/10/2012 4:09:11 PM

i try to use my ruber mouth bits if possible or i ride in a dr. cook

1/10/2012 3:58:25 PM

If I use a bit it is usually already warm from the sun anyway

1/10/2012 3:52:36 PM

A hair dryer works very well.

1/10/2012 3:52:27 PM

I put the bridle in a sunny place while I groom and tack. The bit gets warm in a few min.

1/10/2012 3:52:09 PM

On sunny days I put it in my car to warm, otherwise put it in front of heater in "lounge"

1/10/2012 3:50:25 PM

I use the Bit Blanket (electric bit warmer while I tack up)

1/10/2012 3:37:51 PM

But when I used to ride with a bit, I would use a bit warmer microwave firs

1/10/2012 3:37:47 PM

I use a bit warmer. It's a small bag with heat beads I microwave & then tie around the bit.

1/10/2012 3:33:19 PM

don't ride in cold weather

1/10/2012 3:32:02 PM

USe a bit warmer made by barn friend as a fundraiser to improve the cross country course

1/10/2012 3:26:36 PM

Bit warmer

1/10/2012 3:25:54 PM

I ride with a Happy Mouth bit

1/10/2012 3:16:00 PM

Keep it tucked inside my jacket until ready to put on.

1/10/2012 3:08:16 PM

Climate not too cold - live in Western WA

1/10/2012 3:06:52 PM

I keep my bridle in the house. If outside use my hands/and or breathe on it

1/10/2012 2:54:14 PM

I put the bit under my armpit while I put the saddle on her, etc.

1/10/2012 2:47:57 PM

I put it inside my coat to warm it up while I'm getting ready.

1/10/2012 2:44:54 PM

I use a hand warmer

1/10/2012 2:42:38 PM

a hair dryer works quick

1/10/2012 2:23:32 PM

I keep my bridles in the house in the winter

1/10/2012 2:19:31 PM

I clean all my tack and then keep it in the house during the winter--stays cleaner and ready to use.

1/10/2012 2:17:17 PM

My bridle lives in my truck with me during the winter.

1/10/2012 2:14:25 PM

I drive/ride bitless if it's cold enough to cause discomfort

1/10/2012 2:13:29 PM

We put the entire bridle in our coat while grooming and tacking up

1/10/2012 2:03:23 PM

Under my arm, between legs or inside jacket

1/10/2012 1:06:45 PM

I'll put bridle on dash of truck: my interior is black. Works!

1/10/2012 1:03:41 PM

I either ride with out a bit, or simply warm it up in my hands.

1/10/2012 12:53:40 PM

I use a hackmore

1/10/2012 12:49:38 PM

microwaveable bit warmer

1/10/2012 12:39:19 PM

I bought safe, electric device called a Bit Blanket. Plug it in , wrap bit around.

1/10/2012 12:14:20 PM

I keep my bits (detached from bridles) wrapped up in cloth in my locker.

1/10/2012 12:14:07 PM

keep it in the house and then under my jacket while grooming.

1/10/2012 12:00:36 PM

I keep bridles in the house

1/10/2012 10:22:30 AM

Keep it in the house and use a bit warmer to keep it warm while tacking up

1/10/2012 10:18:30 AM

I heat up a bit warmer in the microwave before heading to the barn

1/10/2012 9:51:27 AM

I live in South Florida

1/10/2012 9:37:13 AM