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        05-01-2009, 04:20 PM
    Bit Question

    OK my mother in law's horse is 5 years old and being ridden in a twisted snaffle I want to bump her into a tom thumb, would that be easy to do?
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        05-01-2009, 04:24 PM
    Why do you want to move to a curb bit?

    As with always, moving from a snaffle to a curb takes time and adjustment. Personally, I think there are better curbs out there. (For most horses)

    I don't really know how to answer the question "is it easy" though. I think it would be easier to switch to a different curb bit as many horses don't quite like tom thumbs. (Western ones, apparently english tom thumbs are mild? Don't quote me there)
        05-01-2009, 04:27 PM
    I agree - better curbs than a Tom Thumb. Is there a reason this horse is being ridden in a twisted snaffle?
        05-01-2009, 04:41 PM
    If I want to switch a bit, I just switch it. I will lunge them in a bridle for a few minutes, and then just ride. I try to be lighter with my hands and I don't expect her to behave the way she usually does. While it may take time to get used to a new bit and respond "correctly" to it, you don't have to gradually do it. That would be like gradually introducing an english saddle to horse that's only had a western saddle on it. No big deal.

    As far as the bit itself, I'm no help. I ride Ricci in a rubber bit.
        05-01-2009, 04:45 PM
    Thats how I normally do it when switching snaffle to snaffle or curb to curb. I find that horses need time to figure things out the first time they ride in a curb.
        05-01-2009, 05:53 PM
    If you want to go to a curb bit go with something other than a tom thumb. Those are horrible bits. Look into the Myler bits, they're fantastic.
        05-01-2009, 06:32 PM
    I agree...why a Tom Thumb? My aunt had a mare that was really soft-mouthed and she used a Tom Thumb on her...she threw her head every time you put pressure on the bit. After that, I put my own snaffle on her and she was a dream.
    I ride Sam in either a french link loose ring snaffle or my birthday present - a Comfort Snaffle w/ copper roller HBT shanked Myler. He reacts no differently with the Myler than with the Loose Ring. I do like the Myler bits, I have to agree that that would be worth looking into - although FYI, they can be quite spendy.
        05-01-2009, 08:44 PM
    1) Why are we moving to a curb?
    2) Why a wire snaffle?
        05-01-2009, 10:53 PM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    1) Why are we moving to a curb?
    2) Why a wire snaffle?
    I second these questions. Sounds to me like there are some SERIOUS training issues for a horse to be in a wire snaffle (OUCH!) and a tom thumb isn't a whole lot better either....

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