12-06-2010, 12:36 PM
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My fave all-around bit for western of any kind is a Tom-thumb just because it's only as harsh as the riders hands are, but it can give that little extra 'pull' if needed.
But I've always trained from the softest up, starting with a rope halter and going from there to D-ring and then tom thumb only as the horse progresses and becomes more aware of pressures. I like the tom thumb for showing though because all it takes is the lift of a pinky finger to start my horse turning his head.