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    06-30-2012, 12:53 AM
Ok, if my horse is used to a bit like this. Do you think I should try another one?

If so, which one would you reccomend?
I prefer a common one so I can buy a cheap, used one.
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    06-30-2012, 01:09 AM
I broke a 5 year old QH mare a few years ago who hated a regular snaffle. Wouldn't listen to a single cue, ran through your hand, and had a generally bad attitude. Tried my straight/short shank Tom Thumb on her and she picked it up, perked her ears, and rode like a seasoned pro. I rode light handed and continued my other cues just as before; she just liked this bit better I guess.

All equipment, bits or no bit devices, are harsh in the wrong hands. I think a Tom Thumb is one of the more mild of the "advanced bit" spectrum.

My two cents. If your horse likes it, why reinvent the wheel?
    06-30-2012, 01:11 AM
^^thanks, I totally agree
    06-30-2012, 01:27 AM
Endiku the bit I have on my avatar is NOT a wonder bit. I do not use wonder bits because I do not like them at all. That bit is an o ring combination bit. I use it on Selena because she responds better of nose pressure than mouth pressure and it has really allowed me to be lighter and give her a looser rein when we are running barrels.
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    06-30-2012, 01:27 AM
Oh and an alternative to the TTs I reccomend would be a shank with a Billy Allen mouthpiece.
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    06-30-2012, 03:42 PM
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Ah, I'm sorry Sorrel. That's what it looked like on my phone. It looked like the lower ring was curved, which made it look like a WB.

Billy Allens are great, but they are expensive. I would recommend one too except for that OP is wanting something cheap. That would be hard to find cheap even used, since they have a good resell value.

OP, does your horse not work well in a snaffle or something similar? I like french links with rollers, personally, though I've had sucess with full cheek snaffles and such as well. I don't ride in curbs so I can't really give you any advice for those, though.
    06-30-2012, 03:47 PM
No problem, just realized my post probably sounded a little rude, didn't mean it that way lol

I agree with you on the French links, I like those too. Particularly for training purposes even after the horse is too old to show in it.
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    06-30-2012, 03:51 PM
Yes its a relation of TT, I personally hate,any bit that is broken in the middle,with a shank... but if it works good for you and horse, good for you :)
    06-30-2012, 04:26 PM
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Just slightly, but I wasn't offended ;) I was wrong and you're allowed to tell me that XD
    06-30-2012, 10:01 PM
I personally don't consider that a tom thumb IMO, but it's still not something I'd use.

I have no problem with single jointed curbs if the mouthpiece has a curve in it as well. TT's, and the bit you posted, have bar straight mouthpieces.

If I were to use a single jointed curb the mouth would have some sort of shape to it.

^You can see the slight shaping of the mouth there.. That lays better in the mouth, as well as the nutcracker is dulled a great amount.

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