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!!
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.
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.
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.