Leverage Bits Vs. Snaffles

Tom Thumb Bit is Not A Snaffle BitTom Thumb Bit Is Not A Snaffle; It Is A Pain-Inducing Leverage Bit

Video By Think Like A Horse, Tom Gore Horsemanship

This is a great video showing the difference between a snaffle bit and a Tom Thumb bit. Although the video was clearly created as an anti-Tom Thumb bit piece he does rather convincingly show how different types of bits work and why a Tom bit is cruel and unnecessary.

The video is presented in layman’s terms so if you know absolutely nothing about bits or how they work, you can easily follow this video.

A Tom Thumb is jointed in the middle so some may mistake it for a snaffle bit based on how it looks at first glance.  But being jointed is not what defines a snaffle.  A snaffle offers no leverage — for everyone one pound of pull on the reins from the rider, the horse feels one lb. of pressure on the bit.  This pressure comes from the positioning of the reins when connected to the bit; the farther away, the greater the leverage.

A Tom Thumb offers substantial leverage — 1 lb. of pull puts 5 lbs. of pressure on the horse’s mouth causing significant pain.

Video Description (As Posted By Rick On YouTube)

I discuss what is a snaffle bit, what makes a snaffle and why the Tom Thumb bit is NOT a snaffle. I also talk about the difference between leverage bits and non-leverage bits. I show a mechanical hackamore, a grazer bit, a snaffle bit, a tom thumb bit and a rope halter. I am not a fan of any bit, but the Tom Thumb is the absolute worst bit out there and far too many people are fooled and told that a tom thumb bit is a snaffle bit, it is not, a tom thumb bit is the most painful and cruel bit in the horse world and should banned, in my humble opinion.