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    03-08-2013, 10:05 PM
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Weanling
Is it Harsh?

I have a quarter horse who has always had a tum thumb bit. But I was just wondering, Is that considered a harsh bit? Also, can people add some pics of some harsh bits they have run into during the past?

Here is a pic of my bit. Is it harsh?



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    03-08-2013, 10:06 PM
  #2
Weanling

Ugh my picture didn't load I will try again
     
    03-08-2013, 10:08 PM
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Foal
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    03-08-2013, 10:08 PM
  #4
Yearling
Tom Thumbs are horrible bits. They have a nutcracker action and give confusing signals to the horse. Chuck it in the garbage ASAP.
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    03-08-2013, 10:12 PM
  #5
Weanling
I agree with GamingGrrl. Horrible bit; if used correctly (which rarely ever is) it's an okay bit. If not used correctly, it can ruin a horse. My Arab had huge issues from that nasty bit that his first owners used on him; it took months for him to accept a (much gentler) bit and not be afraid of bits anymore.
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    03-08-2013, 10:38 PM
  #6
Weanling
Can anyone help me get the picture on please?
     
    03-08-2013, 10:41 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MAG1723    
Can anyone help me get the picture on please?
Click on the paperclip "attachments" in the advanced view and you can upload the picture from your computer that way.
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    03-08-2013, 11:01 PM
  #8
Trained
While Tom Thumb bits are not designed real well, it still boils down to the hands on the reins and the how the rider rides and cues in general.
     
    03-08-2013, 11:01 PM
  #9
Weanling
Now I don't know of every bit ever made, but there are good bits for beginner horses and there are good bits for beginner riders. Asking if a bit is too harsh is the same as saying this fork made me fat. Its not the bit its who's hands are using it and what horse are you putting it in. To train a colt with a spade bit would be way way way past harsh, does that make spade bits harsh? No. In the right hand and in the right horse a spade bit can work and not be harsh.

As to your question about tom thumb bits I agree with everyone else I real don't like the cheep tom thumb bits and I am working them out of my program.
     
    03-08-2013, 11:35 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thanks Justimagine! Here is a pic of a bit exactly like mine
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