Well In my bit library there was a tom thumb handed down to me. It didn't look like one at first, because it was copper-plated and the picture was different so I took it, I mean, it was free! Yuck. This bit is horrible. It /is/ a tom thumb. I haven't even used it, I could image him standing there with his mouth wide open before I even let him see it so I stashed it away and decided to sell it.
I recently rode him with a Snaffle, D ring and an O ring. He did well on both, he didn't like the O as much but took to the D ring VERY well. He and I both know our leg cues, but he doesn't know how to neckrein and I'd like to teach him so that's what I'll begin doing.
What would you say about an eggbutt? I heard they are very gentle bits for a well trained horse, I'm hoping, once we get everything down, I can introduce him to that. I plan on riding him in both English and Western. As for English, I'd be in an all-purpose hunt seat style saddle, and for western just a western pleasure. I've put both styles on his back, and he took them equally as great so its wonderful. As for now, I'm going to finish him out western, teaching him to neck rein, keep his head lowered and jog, before I press into English.
Now, someone said to me that Snaffles, both D and O rings, are English bits and not to be used for western. Why? I don't see a problem using an English bit for him for western as for now. I would like to introduce him to the curb since I found he hasn't really been worked with one except a few occasions, but would it be okay to work him with a western headstall and saddle with an "English Bit?"