Originally Posted by Honeysuga
I honestly can't think of a single situation where a knowledgeable, competent rider would ever need to use a tom thumb bit. I personally strongly dislike them and would never advise anyone to use one. Even with a very headstrong animal they are unnecessary, simply go back to basic stopping and manners and practice till they get it, no need for a tom thumb. Just my opinion!
Go to the western section of this forum and look at any western horse and you will see nearly every single one wears a curb bit. You will also find that most western horses have a much more relaxed way of going then the english equivalent..
Bits are not harsh, it is the hands of the rider that make them harsh or gentle.
Everything can not be fixed by going back to basics.
Not in the real world at least.