Originally Posted by Honeysuga
I was not talking at all about a curb bit, I don't mind the curb at all. If you looked at the OP you'd see that we are talking about the TOM THUMB bit. Which is a snaffle bit with a curb shank and chain ....
The definition of a snaffle bit is ANY bit where the reins come directly off the mouthpiece, no leverage, a straight pull rein to mouth.
The definition of a curb bit is ANY bit that uses mechanical advantage. Meaning the reins come off below the mouth piece and the shanks give you a mechanical advantage.
'The mouthpiece has nothing whatever to do with curb or snaffle.
Using those definitions the TT falls into the catagorie of CURB.
You can NOT have a snaffle type curb bit. They can be in the same bit depending on where the reins or multiple reins are attached.
A curb is a curb with a certain mouthpiece as is a snaffle a snaffle with a certain mouthpiece.