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Sterling Silver Bits for Show Day

For shows, you're going to need something a little bit flashier than your everyday bit. A sterling silver bit is usually highly decorated and looks plain wonderful at horse shows.

Remember, though, that sterling silver bits will tarnish.

When your sterling bit does tarnish, you are going to be faced with a problem. There are a number of chemicals on the market that you can purchase to clean up a sterling bit, no one can deny that.

So you're home free, just use said chemicals and you'll be ready to go. But wait, you're putting this bit in a horse's mouth...what did you clean it with?

That's right, you don't want to put anything in the horse's mouth that you wouldn't put in your own, so make sure you're using something the horse can safely ingest. Remember you cannot make these decisions on their own. You are the caretaker, and they trust you.

Keep your Sterling Bit Tarnish-Free

The best thing to do is visit your tack store to find the best sterling cleaner that’s safe for horses (and maybe even tastes good). Even though you don’t use silver polish on the bars, it can get on there and you don’t want your horse to develop a disgust of the bit because it tastes bad.

The going price of sterling bits can be well over $300, though you may find used ones are cheaper. If you consider that you’ll be using this bit frequently, and could always resell it for what you paid for it, sterling silver bits are a good investment.

Just make sure that you buy a comfortable bit for your horse. While looks may be everything in a competition, the comfort of your horse needs to come first, otherwise he simply will not perform very well.

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