Which Bit - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 02-03-2009, 05:57 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 13,454
• Horses: 1
I think the 2nd one would be most appropriate right now, to start him off. :) He should do fine in a snaffle.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 16 Old 02-03-2009, 07:20 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
Wallaby is correct about the Tom Thumb. It is an unbalanced bit and can be pretty harsh, there are many shanked bits that would be a better choice when and if the time comes for one. A well trained horse really never needs to be out of the snaffle except for specific training or disciplines.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 02-03-2009, 07:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 36
• Horses: 3
snaffe!!!!! you can buy a chin strap at the feed store!!:)
UrbanCowgirl9 is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 02-03-2009, 07:51 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
I personally do NOT like single-joint bits. They have a crackerjack action on the horse's tongue and bars, protrude up into the horse's palate, and do not have full-mouth contact. I much prefer double-jointed bits.

Here's what I like to start youngsters in:

Full Cheek French Link.
The full cheek part of it will prevent the bit from being pulled through the horse's mouth, which is big for a youngster, epecially if you lunge or ground-drive with a bit. The full cheek also applies lateral pressure, that is, when you pull on the right rein, the left cheekpiece will push against the left cheek, encouraging the horse to follow the right rein.
The french link mouth is a nice double-joint bit that allows full mouth contact. There is no crackerjack action, and the bit lies nicely on the tongue.

---> A great analogy for choosing a bit mouthpiece!!
Think of the bit as a bucket handle. If you had to carry a full bucket of water with that bit as the handle, would it hurt your hands?
A single joint bit would pinch your hand, and you'd only really feel contact on the outside of your hand.
A double joint would not, it would give you full contact, dispersing the pressure.
You can think of this with many types of bits, for example:
Twisted wire: ouch!!
Double twisted wire: even more ouch!!
Corkscrew: not as bad, but still ouch!!
Slow twist: woud definitely not be pleasant!

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography cvlphotography.com
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 02-11-2009, 01:53 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 26
• Horses: 6
i would use a snaffle as its the kindest bit .. but that all depends on how your horse is .. if hes extremely strong than you would oppt for a stronger bit.
and no the top one is a pelham. tom thumbs are pretty good as you have alot more control steering and stopping. but as i said it depends on your horses temperment.

Dressage Divaa :)
ally_loves_her_horses is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 02-11-2009, 02:15 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Sorry, have to disagree - I do not like tom thumbs at all. They are a shanked bit (therefore leverage), and are a single-joint bit, which I do not like at all. They do not provide a clear signal. The curb also picks up very quickly, without much warning.
Although shanked bits CAN be used safely with a direct rein without damage to a horse, that is best left to professionals, as it is severe if you don't have good hands.
Sorry, will add more later.

ETA - no, the top bit (dark picture) is a tom thumb, not a pelham.

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography cvlphotography.com

Last edited by JustDressageIt; 02-11-2009 at 02:19 AM.
JustDressageIt is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome