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post #1 of 23 Old 08-08-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Tom Thumb Snaffle bit

how many of you guys like using it and is it a good overall bit?
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-08-2011, 12:42 PM
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I don't use them. Technically they are a curb bit.
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I don't use them. Technically they are a curb bit.
is that a bad thing? Being a curb bit or does it depend on the horse
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That depends on which one you are talking about.

Are you meaning the one in the US that has shanks?


Or the one that they use in Aus that truly is a snaffle.


If you are talking about the first one, I would not stick that thing in the mouth of a horse I hated. It is a poorly designed, unbalanced bit and there are millions of better options out there.

If you are looking for a nice, mild shanked bit, I would suggest something like this
AT Low Port Loose Cheek Low Port Western Bit 5in - Horse.com

But if the horse doesn't neck rein or if you are looking to use something with a broken mouth, I really suggest you stick with a simple snaffle (with rings, a true snaffle cannot have shanks of any kind).

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That depends on which one you are talking about.

Are you meaning the one in the US that has shanks?


Or the one that they use in Aus that truly is a snaffle.


If you are talking about the first one, I would not stick that thing in the mouth of a horse I hated. It is a poorly designed, unbalanced bit and there are millions of better options out there.

If you are looking for a nice, mild shanked bit, I would suggest something like this
AT Low Port Loose Cheek Low Port Western Bit 5in - Horse.com

But if the horse doesn't neck rein or if you are looking to use something with a broken mouth, I really suggest you stick with a simple snaffle (with rings, a true snaffle cannot have shanks of any kind).
yes its the first one but its not all the same color, not gold. Horse doesn't neck rein but I wouldnt mind training him to one day. I will google some simple snaffle bits
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can you email me that bit, charlesonep@aol.com at work and it doesnt want to open up
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I, personally, really like just a simple loose ring snaffle. They seem to have a better feel than the fixed rings like D ring or eggbutt (though a D ring or a full cheek might not be a bad idea if the horse is difficult about giving to each side or turning). Depending on what your horse likes, I would probably go with either a single jointed or french link.



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Nyg, it looks like this one.


You can do a search for "hinged futurity bit" and it will come up on about a dozen different sites.

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I, personally, really like just a simple loose ring snaffle. They seem to have a better feel than the fixed rings like D ring or eggbutt (though a D ring or a full cheek might not be a bad idea if the horse is difficult about giving to each side or turning). Depending on what your horse likes, I would probably go with either a single jointed or french link.


looking at the first bit in this post, it seems as if the bit can move around in the horses mouth and be a little easier on his mouth? Am I right about that and is with the tom thumb it would be more restricted to the horse's mouth? Maybe my horse would like this one here better, the first one. I wish I could buy a few and try and get my dad over and we just try a few and the ones he doesnt like or whatever I take back lol. That's if they will take em back
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