Monday, July 27, 2015

What is a Tom Thumb bit?

A Tom Thumb is a fairly popular western bit. It's a short shanked bit with a jointed (or broken) mouthpiece.

It's a very controversial bit - because a lot of people think it is a very mild bit, but it's actually a very harsh one. (Which is a problem - because if you're riding and think your bit is milder than it is, you can annoy or even injure your horse).

Yes. I don't like Tom Thumbs. Occasionally a bit of opinion slips in here. I particularly don't like that they're often sold with cheap western headstalls.

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