Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
Agree with ever word...I just want to know why some people start their horses in shank bits.
I think it a lot of time it comes down to Marketing. Google "Tom Thumb" and look at the search results. Every TT I've ever seen has been labelled "SNAFFLE". People go online and Google "how to train a horse" or they casually ask what kindd of bit to use and they get "snaffle" as a response. So, they mosey on down to the tack shop and look at all the tags that say "snaffle" on the shelf...Argentine snaffle, western snaffle, the Kimberwick snaffle, square snaffle...and they see that every single bit that has a break in the mouthpiece is called a "snaffle". They pick out the one that's either the cheapest, the one they've seen the most, the one that looks the harshest (cuz you know you gotta break that horse like they do in the movies), or in most cases they pick out one that says "training bit"..like how the TT says it on the tag. They go home, put it on the horse, rein it like a snaffle, and then spend the rest of their lives wondering why the horse doesn't listen to a dang thing they ask. Either that or they sell the "stupid horse".
Here's a REALLY good one. Go to Google Images and type in "training bit". Look what shows up on the first page.
I have never been in any tack shop that didn't have broken-mouth curbs and gags grossly mislabelled "snaffle". By it's very definition, a "snaffle" cannot have shanks. (btw, just to make sure...all those bits I mentioned are curbs)