Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
To be honest, a bit has little to do with what you like and more of what your horse goes well in. The phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is always good advise with horses. Unless there is a reason to change his bit, I simply wouldn't.
As for a shanked bit with a solid mouth piece, it is more mild then the broken mouth piece that you are showing. The bit I prefer has a Billy Allen mouth piece and can be had on any bit from a snaffle to a short or long shanked leverage bit.
A true Tom Thumb bit is a straight, short shanked, rather unbalanced bit with a broken mouth piece. Many people refer to any shanked bit as being a TT but that isn't the case.
The bit you showed that the current owner is using is nothing like a TT but it is a very mild leverage bit with a slight gag action and a seems to have a 1:1 ratio to it. A nice mild bit if your horses goes well in it. It also has the option to be used as a regular snaffle by putting your reins on the rings at the mouth piece.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 04-07-2010 at 01:01 PM.