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        12-19-2009, 07:40 PM
    I'd leave him in a snaffle IMO . Tomb thumbs are too hard and nut cracker'ie. Nothing you can do in a tt that you can't in a snaffle =] the snaffle you used in the pix looks fine.

    the tom-thumb he is in a short shank and is just a normal snaffle (with shanks of course). I would never put him in a curb, as he has a soft mouth and rides best in a soft bit.

    A tomb thumb IS a curb bit..and IS NOT a snaffle

    I have always been told that tom-thumbs are one of the kindest western bits (with shanks), when in the right hands, like any bit. Have I been told wrong?
    wrong. Tomb thumbs are one of THEE hardest western pieces of you know what. I'd never use one ever again. I've been on numerous forums and the debates over them always ended in a don't use lol
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        12-19-2009, 07:56 PM
    I wouldn't use a tom thumb on him (that's the equivilant 'crap' bit to the regular curb bit) I would look for a better bit for him to show in, especially if he is so sensitive to bit pressure.

    I agree with smrobs on seeing if you have friends who can borrow you some bits to try on Bear so you have an idea of what he might like, then purchase that bit, or something like it.

    As far as how he looks, he's definitely tense, so you'll need to work on getting him to relax more, and not brace against the bit. You don't want his head really low; his poll should be even with his wither, or even slightly above it.
        12-19-2009, 09:45 PM
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    I only read the first page. After I post I'll read the rest. I think you need to sit back deeper on your pockets a bit, you are still looking a bit english in your seat. As for your hands, it's hard to go from a horse being used to contact to no contact, I think you are on the right track. It's going to take a lot of work with circles, halts, backs and what not to get him moving at the right pace on the looser rein. How old is he? If he's under five you don't need to rush to a port bit... I think you guys are cute though, the biggest thing I saw was you were tipped forward... just a bit.
        12-19-2009, 09:53 PM
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    Sorry for the double post. Just went back and read all the other responses. I noticed that the thread is kind of focused on the bit you need to use. I just want to say this:

    A bit is only as harsh as the riders hands.

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