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        07-13-2010, 03:50 PM
    Sorry, another bit question

    Would this bit be considered a tom thumb type?

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    I have a 16 yo old well broke QH mare that I ride western. She came in a hackamore but it was recommended to me that she be put in a bit (?). My farrier/trainer recommended a TT, but I know most don't like the action of one.

    Thank you in advance and I'm sorry to bring up the bit questions again.
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        07-13-2010, 04:20 PM
    Green Broke
    Is she going well in the hackamore? As long as its not an overly cruel hackamore with super long shanks - why not keep her in it? If it is a hack with long shanks - maybe try a Little S hack.

    Otherwise if I was going to a bit I would first start with a snaffle and go from there. Maybe a short-shanked low or medium port colt starting bit.
        07-13-2010, 04:58 PM
    I would say that, yes, that first bit is a version of the TT. As for the second bit, sometimes something with that straight of a mouth will cause a horse to gape their mouth open, especially if they are not accustomed to packing a bit of this style. I prefer one with a port (though each person and horse has their own preferances). I agree with Cat though, if there really isn't any problem with how she behaves in the hackamore, there isn't much need to change it unless you just want to.

    Do you mind if I ask who recommended that you put her into a bit an why?
        07-13-2010, 06:09 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    

    Do you mind if I ask who recommended that you put her into a bit an why?
    My farrier who is also my sorta trainer. He thought I'd have more control on the trail in a bit.
        07-13-2010, 06:12 PM
    IMHO, unless you are having a problem controlling her in the hackamore, then there really isn't a reason to change unless you want to try something different. However, if you do need some more control, I would likely start with a simple snaffle and work your way from there. Do you know if she has ever been ridden in a bit or has she been in a hackamore all her life?
        07-13-2010, 06:22 PM
    I've not had issues with her in the hackamore. From what I understand, she's been ridden all over the state with just the hackamore. I've only had the horse for 2 weeks and so far she's a dream to ride compared to my old horse.

    I don't know anything about hackamores so I don't know if it has long shanks or not. I'll try and get a picture of it.

    I have used a french link O-ring snaffle with her (when they recommended the TT) and she's fine in that. I just don't like the immediate "put her in a TT" when she might not need a bit like that.

    Thank you.

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