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    06-20-2011, 04:25 AM
New Bit "Tomb Thumb snaffle"?

Now now, Before you say "there is no such thing as a "Tum Thumb Snaffle it is a curb".

This bit, has no shank, it has 2 loose rings, with "wings" or "cheek pieces". IT's smaller then a fulmer, but simillar. I Bougth a fulmer and it was a good inch to large for my horse. So I went to another tack shop, because the other one only had 5" fulmer, and found a "Tomb thumb snaffle"

I Have tried to look this bit up multiple times, and I fail time after time, even on this website, in tack, there was nothing on this, only the fulmer and full cheek.

Now I was wondering, What are the uses, and are they a fairly uncommon bit? I haven't seen them very often, if at all. They appear to have the same effect of the fulmer. And is it actually a Tomb thumb snaffle? XD

My bit collection; XD

So (To my knowledge from left to right) It's a Full cheek Fulmer, "Tomb thumb snaffle?" Loose Ring snaffle, and Sweet iron snaffle with a pea.
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    06-20-2011, 04:48 AM
It's a locality thing - in Australia we call it a tom thumb, in the US it is a full cheek snaffle.
    06-20-2011, 05:03 AM
I Thought the full cheek, was like the first one but with rings attached directly to the cheek pieces?
    06-20-2011, 05:21 AM
Tom thumb is different to a full cheek or fulmer, as you noticed.

Used mainly in Australia and NZ. Used lots with kids on ponies to stop the bit pulling through the mouth when pony doesn't want to go where kid wants to go :)

We just call it a Tom thumb or Tom thumb snaffle.
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    06-20-2011, 05:27 AM
Yes, that's practically why I bought it, Red has a habit of gaping his mouth, and throwing his head about when I ask for a canter, it is a completely fear based from another riders, horrible experience with him.

So I thought, what the heck, id rather not have the bit pull threw your mouth, I'll find something to stop it. :/

Thanks Wild_Spot! :)
    06-20-2011, 05:29 AM
No worries :) just make sure he doesn't open his mouth wide enough for the whole bar to go inside!
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    06-20-2011, 05:32 AM
I literally just had that exact same thought! :/
    06-21-2011, 12:02 AM
Is there a reason for that second bit to exist? Would it have any different effect in comparison to a regular D ring snaffle?
    06-21-2011, 06:51 PM
It gives the 'play' of a loose ring, whereas a D ring has no play. The bars also sit at a different place on the face than a D ring - Less likely to irritate by pushing the cheeks against the teeth.
    06-21-2011, 06:51 PM
^Yes, it allows you to keep a more direct contact with the mouth (as with a loose ring) yet won't pull through (like a full cheek).

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