Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
As everyone already said, the 2nd one is a snaffle. The Tom Thumb is often called a "Cowboy Snaffle" but it is in no way a snaffle. A Tom Thumb (American style) has a straight, short, shank, and is used with a curb chain. It is a rather unbalanced leverage bit. There is nothing wrong with a leverage bit if your horse neck reins and you ride with very loose contact, but most horses really don't need them.
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