Originally Posted by blossom856
I've been told to use a tom thumb bit on my horse. But I've heard bad things about them. Mainly that they're confusing to the horse when you direct rein because of the way the apply pressure. Does anyone here have any firsthand experience with this bit?
There is a good article on the problems with the Tom Thumb bit at http://www.todayshorse.com/Articles/...thTomThumb.htm
His basic point is it is neither snaffle or curb but a combination that just confuses horses.
I don't have one but as they are very popular where I live, I have ridden with them because it was what the owner put on the horse, and on those occasions it seemed to me the bit was annoying the horse. On one horse I asked the owner if I could change to a plain curb bit with a moderate port and short shanks that was in the tack room and the horse was calmer.