Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I could be wrong, but I do believe that "tom thumb" is simply a general term to describe ANY jointed leverage bit. I know they use the term completely differently in Australia and England?
It may not work with the same nut cracker action but the general idea behind it is still the exact same - it is a leverage bit, not a snaffle. Direct reining will still result in confusing signals. It is STILL a bit without much of a purpose - it's not meant to be straight reined and doesn't have the finesse for precision neck reining.
Saying it's not a tom thumb is like saying a french link is not a snaffle - this is still simply a jointed curb, exactly like a traditional tom thumb and with it's own set of problems and misuses.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.