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    07-15-2009, 08:57 AM
  #11
Weanling
I still use my tt.my horses never try to evade the bit and they respond,my horses need a tt bit,i tried a snaffle and I couldnt turn or stop them.my horses are hardheaded.tt do have their advantages,thats all I use at my barn exept a reg. Snaffle for one of my more responsive horses.
     
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    07-15-2009, 10:49 AM
  #12
Banned
I don't think Tom-Thumbs are bad unless it is used in the wrong hands. Tom-thumbs should not be used by direct reining, but by neck reining
Since the TT has a broken mouth peice and leaver the bit can squeeze the jaw with is known as the nutcracker.
     
    07-15-2009, 02:55 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by chika1235    
i still use my tt.my horses never try to evade the bit and they respond,my horses need a tt bit,i tried a snaffle and I couldnt turn or stop them.my horses are hardheaded.tt do have their advantages,thats all I use at my barn exept a reg. Snaffle for one of my more responsive horses.
Oh? And what would that be?
     
    07-15-2009, 03:23 PM
  #14
Trained
I used a TT on my old Arab pony. She went perfectly in it and I have no problems. I prefer other bits, but I have seen that it isn't always harsh and confusing.
     
    07-15-2009, 06:23 PM
  #15
Trained
It's a bit of a worry (excuse the pun!) if you can ONLY ride your horse in a TT. That's no hardheadedness, that's incomplete training.
     
    07-15-2009, 08:36 PM
  #16
Green Broke
^^ Creates holes as well. Won't help fill those holes.
     
    07-16-2009, 03:21 AM
  #17
Showing
^^ Completely agree with Wild_Spot and Sunny^^ Training issue, not bit issue.
     
    07-21-2009, 05:58 AM
  #18
Weanling
When I read this I was like what the...... Tom thubs arent harsh bits - the ones we use here in NZ are no harsher that a standard snaffle so am guessing that it is a different bit that we call a tom thumb

This is what I would call a tom thumb:



Or
     
    07-21-2009, 07:45 AM
  #19
Green Broke
^^ No we are talking about this:

Used Horse Tack - Western 5" Tom Thumb Bit - eBay (item 180382705371 end time Jul-21-09 05:18:57 PDT)
     
    07-21-2009, 07:47 AM
  #20
Showing
A TT in Australia and NZ as well as England, is a different bit then the TT in the US.
TomThumbBit.jpg

The TT in the US is basically a relatively short shanked, unbalanced leverage bit that is, many times, mistakenly called a "cowboy snaffle".
     

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