Bit and bridle are used by the new horse I’m leasing, who spent the last period of his life as a highly decorative lawnmower. The tack got its first deep cleaning this week, and while the leather will come back with care and time, I’m stumped on the bit.
It’s a gold/brassy color, not the usual silver of stainless steel. But it’s not orange enough for copper, plus the whole thing is this metal, not selected links/rollers. COTH tack mavens, any idea what it is? And more importantly, how do I safely and nontoxic-ly remove the areas of discoloration? A toothbrush and paste didn’t have much effect.