No, I haven't been having trouble with the tom thumb at all. I was just reading around in my Horse&Rider magazines the other night, and I saw the article: Gimmick free bits for colts. Or whatever, so I was like, wow! I think Joker might benefit from this! And I had been wanting to experiment with new bits for a while, I just didn't know where to start...I'm sort of a newbie when it comes to bits XD Thanks for showing that bit to me! The higher ports scared me a little, I think I may try this one! It even looks cool! (: Do you know if it's show legal though? I'm sure it is, but you never know. Thanks again! (: And is that a roller in the middle? If so, then YOU HAVE POSSIBLY ANSWERED MY PRAYERS.
No problem! Yes that should be a roller
my horse absolutely LOVES those! When we're working on something complicated, you can hear him squeaking the bit when he's concentrating. But other than that you don't hear it. I KNOW 100% this bit has a roller though: SS Hinged Ported Roller Futurity Bit 5in - Statelinetack.com
It is a little stronger, with a longer shank.
What type of shows are you doing? I'm not sure about breed shows, but I did open, local and even 4-H shows with a bit similar to the above (with a longer shank) and it was legal there.
Bits are my unhealthy addiction, there are so many different types and little things that can change the whole bit. The main thing to remember with curb bits is the long the shank (bottom portion of side piece) the more leverage you have. Depending on how long it is, your 1 pound of pressure on the reins can translate to 3 pounds or more to the horse. The bit I showed you has a fairly short shank, so it won't be as harsh as other bits. The purchase (top part of the side piece that connects to the bridle) controls how much pressure is applied to your horses poll, which helps a lot of horses that are trained to give to pressure lower their heads.
The higher the port the more pressure there is on the bars of the horses mouth, and if it is VERY high it can touch the roof of the mouth. In addition, the looser a bit is (swivel shanks, swivel port, etc.) the milder it is compared to a completely solid port bit.
Haha I'll stop rambling but be careful, I started out with two bits when I first got my horse and now I have in the high teens. And I still only have one horse