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    12-15-2010, 05:48 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question What kind of bit is this?

Hello all,

Can someone tell me what kind of bit this is? I thought it was the dreaded Tom Thumb, but it looks like it has more bend to the shanks then a TT does? So does it have a name? Is it harsh? I do not know a lot about curbs. Thanks!!
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    12-15-2010, 06:06 PM
  #2
Weanling
It looks like a TT to me, just with swept back shanks.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:10 PM
  #3
Weanling
It's a Tomb Thumb. May be something more technical with the shanks. But it's a Tomb Thumb.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:12 PM
  #4
Weanling
And OP, Tom Thumbs shouldn't be "dreaded" unless they're used incorrectly. I've used them for years.

Have you been using that bit without a curb strap?
     
    12-15-2010, 06:15 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Snookeys    
It looks like a TT to me, just with swept back shanks.
I agree. I rather love them, and the Jr. Cowhorse.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:21 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I love tom thumbs they are excellent I have a more fancy looking tom thumb but it's basically the same thing. And I believe the must be used with a curb strap. And with very light gentle hands set a little lower in the mouth then a usual bit. But that's just my opinion.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:27 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
set a little lower in the mouth then a usual bit. But that's just my opinion.
While leverage bits don't require as much contact as snaffles, I don't think they should be hung lower. I may be wrong but I've never heard of that. If anyone else has, I'd be interested in hearing more.

And yes a curb strap should be used, otherwise the nutcracker action in the mouth will totally dominate the mechanics of the bit.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:31 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I don't mean like inches lower I just mean like half a centimeter or so. Not much to make a whole lot of difference. But that's just where I like mine.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:33 PM
  #9
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snookeys    
And OP, Tom Thumbs shouldn't be "dreaded" unless they're used incorrectly. I've used them for years.

Have you been using that bit without a curb strap?
I haven't been using it. I just found it in my tack stuff and put it on the halter to make the halter hang better for pictures as it is for sale. I want to sell the bit as well and wanted to make sure I knew what it was first.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:58 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
i don't mean like inches lower I just mean like half a centimeter or so. Not much to make a whole lot of difference. But that's just where I like mine.
I see that more with curb bits (setting a lot lower) But I think, and tell if I'm wrong, what you're saying is a wrinkle less than a snaffle. Amiright?
     

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