Bit Detail Question: Tom Thumb
OK, this has probably been asked and answered but if so, I can't seem to find the right thread.....
I have seen many strong comments about Tom Thumb bits... Now, I don't have one nor am I contemplating getting one, but, I am curious as to exactly what makes one so severe.
It appears to me to be a short shanked leverage bit. OK, so that means two things as far as I can tell:
1- it means that there is less amplification of force applied to the horse as compared to a long shanked bit. Well, that would seem to be actually LESS aggressive than a long shanked leverage bit. No? What am I missing?
2- it would appear that pulling the reins a shorter distance would make contact with the horse's mouth, compared to a long shanked bit. Now, in the hands of someone who's doesn't know what they're doing, I can see how this would be a bad thing but in the hands of a competent rider, I don't see why the bit would be intrinsically bad.
So, is there a facet to the Tom Thumb that I am totally missing? Of course, I am strictly speaking of using the bit in "one-hand-neck-reining" manner only....
I'm curious and would really appreciate a functional explanation of what makes it such a nasty bit.
Thanks much folks!
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