Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• 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.
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 02-11-2009 at 02:19 AM.