Tom Thumb Bits?
I've heard so many bad things about Tom Thumb bits, read the article by Mark Rashid,how they give confusing signals,etc. The thing is, at the place I ride at (I ride Western), they use TT bits. They start their horses out with snaffles and keep them in those for a few years (the owners said something around 5 or 6).
They do natural horsemanship there, and that's why I think they have the snaffles and TTs. I heard about how snaffles and TTs have the nutcracker effect, and I believe that is when the jointed part hits the roof of the mouth, but after messing around a little with the bits, I found the only way to get the nutcracker effect is if the shanks are pulled inward.
The owners have +35 years of experience around horses, and I know they know what they're doing. The whole thing about TT bits just confuses me. I hear people with horses that do fine in them, and others say they're terrible bits.
These horses do fine in the snaffles; will the TT bits cause any pain? I'm sure the owners have a reason to be using TTs and I'm sure they've heard the controversy on them. So, what are your opinions on TTs? In soft hands and horses that are used to snaffles, and they mild bits?
i think TT bits are OK in the right hands and the right horse. I have a very heavy handed student who came in with a horse who was head throwing.. and bucking.. she was ripping its mouth up with a tomb thumb.. we went back to a snaffle for a bit and ALL these problems dissapeared! I rode the mare fine in a TT but i have a VERY light hand.
it really depends on the horse.. and rider..
As for causing pain well you put a jointed metal peice in your mouth and pull- No bit is comfy for a horse they simply learn to put up with it.
My opinion- I find them completly correct in most situations. Like all shanked bits one has to have the correct/soft hands which comes with time-
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