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post #1 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 06:06 PM
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It looks like a TT to me, just with swept back shanks.

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post #3 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 06:10 PM
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It's a Tomb Thumb. May be something more technical with the shanks. But it's a Tomb Thumb.

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post #4 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 06:12 PM
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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?

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It looks like a TT to me, just with swept back shanks.
I agree. I rather love them, and the Jr. Cowhorse.

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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 thats just my opinion.


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post #7 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 06:27 PM
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set a little lower in the mouth then a usual bit. but thats 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.

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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 thats just where i like mine.


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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.
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 06:58 PM
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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 thats 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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