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post #11 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 08:05 PM
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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.
I think you mean a headstall not halter. Bits do not generally attach to halters. I call it a shanked snaffle or a broken mouth curb. When I hear Tom Thumb I think of a cheap piece of crap with straight shanks.

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post #12 of 21 Old 12-15-2010, 08:11 PM
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The thing about curbs sitting lower in the mouth, the answer is yes and no. On a curb bit, the mouth is generally more solid than in a snaffle. It will either be a solid bit with a port or a broken bit like the one posted. Either way, the shanks keep it more steady in the mouth than the rings on a snaffle does. So you can hang the bit a hole lower and it is still comfortable and in the right spot for the horse. I generally keep 1-2 wrinkles with a snaffle (depending on the mouth conformation) and I don't like any wrinkles with my curbs (again depending on the confo). Simply put, the center of the mouth on a ringed snaffle will often angle down and hang lower inside the mouth than will the center of the mouth on a curb. On some horses, especially young ones, a higher fit is needed with the snaffle to keep them from getting mouthy and getting their tongue over the bit.

As for the OP; yes, that's a TT bit, it is just a little different style than most that are seen.

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[QUOTE=kevinshorses;853181]I think you mean a headstall not halter. Bits do not generally attach to halters. I call it a shanked snaffle or a broken mouth curb. When I hear Tom Thumb I think of a cheap piece of crap with straight shanks.[/QUOT


Um yeah. I meant headstall.

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Um yeah. I meant headstall.

Dang, you guys don't miss a thing here.
Lol, I noticed that too but didn't say anything. Didn't want to be that person :P

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yes sometimes we can be a bit blunt or a bit rude. And very honest about everything. And sometimes it's not what you want to hear. And you have to learn to look through the bad and take the constructive and run with it. The HF is great if you can look past some of it. =)


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I think it makes it very interesting though!
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post #17 of 21 Old 12-16-2010, 08:17 AM
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As Kevin said, a true Tom Thumb has short straight shanks - which is one of the reasons why it is not a good selection for the average rider. Since that bit has swept back shanks, it is considered just a broken mouth leverage bit.

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yes sometimes we can be a bit blunt or a bit rude. And very honest about everything. And sometimes it's not what you want to hear. And you have to learn to look through the bad and take the constructive and run with it. The HF is great if you can look past some of it. =)
I think it is a great place to get a bunch of information, however, I think I am going to stick to lurking from now on. I guess my skin is too thin for this type of thing. Figured asking about a bit would be a safe question.
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I certainly didn't mean to offend you by pointing out your mistake. I must have been too blunt when I wrote it. One of my pet peeves is incorrect terminology and I guess I get a little anal about it.

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post #20 of 21 Old 12-16-2010, 09:42 AM
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Kevin, I think you only pointed out a mistake but were in no way rude.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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