BSMS, are you actually even using a true TT, or just a jointed mouth curb< which I happen to use a lot also. My entire disagreement was on a true Tom Thumb, and I have not seen you picture on of those
Certainly, that jointed mouth with a Billy Allen link, is not a true Tom Thumb
You can't go by hat terms tack catalogs use, or even professionals, who often use terms for convenience, but know that unspoken fact/knowledge
Same catalogs that call just any jointed mouth curb, a Tom Thumb, also refer to them as a shanked snaffle
I know that a hackamore, is synominous with a bosal, but because of that word hackamore, many people think it includes mechanical hackamores also, as evidence by many posts around that topic.
Thus, a Tom Thumb in reality is :
a curb, with a jointed mouth piece, and being a curb, shanks are obviously there, BUT that alone does not a true TT make!
A true TT has FIXED shanks
Those fixed shanks are straight up and down, versus having any angle
Those shanks are also relatively short, which along with those shanks being both straight up and down , plus fixed, has three features that affect signal time in a negative way
Not saying it is not possible to ride a broke horse with such a bit, but why would you, as there is always a chance, even on a broke horse, where at times you need to take up contact
So, please show me a picture, of a bit you use, that you consider to being a TT, by design, not the 'user friendly simplistic term applied for convenience
Far as the hands, being the important point, you are preaching to the choir, as I have very often posted that going to any bit for control is wrong. Even though I ride my senior hroses in curbs, most of the time, I can, and do go back tot he snaffle very often.
HOwever, bits have positive and negative comments made,, on them, baSED ON assuming that the hands on those reins are a constant, or how else could you compare them, having more than one variable?
The very reason I posted those bridless riding videos, was to point out that , yes, they are possible through correct mental conditioned response to a bit, and not by that bit itself, BUT there are bits better then others, to help a horse reach that stage
I have alot of bits, as I buy them instead of shoes or clothes, like many other women.
If I had to, I could make do with one bit, just riding, and two if I still show that horse
I could trail ride any of my horses, in a smooth single jointed snaffle , sweet iron mouth, with copper inlay
If I was showing that hrose, and he was over 5,then I could easily ride that hrose in a loose jawed, medium sweap back shanks, jointed mouth
I might keep a third bit, as some horses do prefer a curb with a port, over a jointed mouth piece
Last edited by Smilie; 12-11-2016 at 04:42 PM.