Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Yes, ladies...we all agree that there are fans of Tom Thumbs, and there are those who are um...not fans.... I don't think the question is to use a tom thumb or not, but more, what are the options for the OP.
I do agree that it's great, when you can, to use a different bit for each discipline. I used to do that with my quarter and she always seemed to know what her day was going to be depending on what I used on her. Curb...we are going WP today, snaffle...going to hop over fences and work on balance, control. Hackamore...yay we are gonna play in the creek!
And, since most Kimberwicks are designed to be used with two reins, I am assuming that is how the OP is using hers, which doesn't really make it efficient for gaming. I personally like bosals, and some of the milder hackamores for gaming myself. My friend who was a great barrel racer back in the 60's and who finishes barrel horses likes a gag, which makes me gag but in the right hands, I'm sure works very well.
Also, there could be other reasons the horse is being unresponsive. Does it have a little bit of a "hard mouth?" Maybe some dental issues? How long have you been working on the gaming? Sometimes it takes a horse a little time to settle down into it and know what is expected.