tom thumb bit - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 20 Old 10-24-2007, 04:55 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Australia, in the Western District of Victoria.
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
Interesting article on the tt bit!
slew is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 20 Old 10-24-2007, 04:56 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Australia, in the Western District of Victoria.
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
Great article on the tt bit!
slew is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 10-26-2007, 05:28 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 14
• Horses: 0
I haven't seen the use of the TT that much althought my instructors husband John O'Leary uses them for breakers although he always has a plastic covering over it. However, once the horse is broken it goes straight into a snaffle with mainly no problems. I don't know alot about them so I can't help first hand.. This is all I know.

Dettonator: You shine like the stars for me

15.2hh, 12yo, Quarter Horse
horsey_gal_18 is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old 10-27-2007, 03:57 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 48
• Horses: 0
I use the Tom Thumb bit and it works perfectly fine. Maybe your horse just doesn't work good with the Tom Thumb bit. Horses work with certain bits. Tom Thumb bits work well for western.
Flickergurl15 is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 10-27-2007, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 374
• Horses: 0
I just tried the TT bit on her today and she worked great. She didn't give me any problems. I guess it works just fine for her.
blossom856 is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old 10-28-2007, 01:39 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
Posts: 1,591
• Horses: 5
I have heard that there are 2 different types of bits that are referred to as TomThumbs.

One is a western bit with shanks like this:



The other is an english bit similar to full cheek. Like this:
Appyt is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old 10-29-2007, 08:11 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
Hi Appyt,

The Tom Thumb is always a leverage bit and therefore has shanks. The picture on top is correct but the bottom picture is a loose ring full cheek snaffle which is has no leverage and is not considered a TT.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.


It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
post #18 of 20 Old 10-29-2007, 09:52 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
Posts: 1,591
• Horses: 5
Well it is in some countries, which is why I pointed the possible confusion out. Perhaps someone in Australia or the UK can comment as well..

I do know there are plenty of wrongly named bits out there. Take all the "shanked snaffles" in plenty of catalogs as an example, even Myler does it.. Drives me nuts. ;)
Appyt is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old 10-29-2007, 11:44 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Australia, in the Western District of Victoria.
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
Yeah the bit at the bottom picture is what I have always thought is a tt bit. Maybe its an ozzie thing or something.
slew is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old 11-07-2007, 12:34 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 14
• Horses: 0
Re: tom thumb bit

Quote:
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.
qux3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome