Ok, so I decided I'd better just start a new thread on this...
I'm trying to figure out if I am using an appropriate bit on my horse...she is a year old TWH. I just found out that I was using completely wrong terminology regarding types of bits, and apparently I am currently using a tom thumb type bit. SpasticDove informed me in another post that these are controversial...why?
All the tack store people around here...well, as soon as I say I have a walking horse, they're like, "Oh you need a bit with leverage!" and either pull a curb bit or a tom thumb type off the wall.
I always rode bareback with a halter and rope as a kid, and consequently know almost nothing about tack. In fact, I often ride my horse like that now. She actually does fine.
I'm not one of those people who believes in controlling a horse with a bit, just to cover up an underlying bad behavior, either.
I genuinely had no idea...is the tom thumb awful? I own a hackamore, I've just never tried it with Annie (the TWH) because everyone I talk to (not on the forum, just the area I live in) seems to think it would be suicide with a young walker.
I would love to hear everyone's differing opinions on this...