Why choose a tom thumb bit for your horse?
The tom thumb bit is a cross between an American gag and an elevator bit. It offers more precision and control and is very popular for show jumping and cross country. It has a lifting effect in front which can assist the rider in helping to sit the horse back on its hocks, enabling tighter turns and more efficient jumping. The uplifting action combined with poll pressure can also discourage horses from leaning on the bit. Can be used with one rein on either the snaffle ring or the lower ring or alternatively, for increased precision, with two reins.
The brass alloy roller link in the centre of this bit can help to calm and focus horses as well as aid salivation. Blue sweet iron oxidises easily which creates a warming sensation and a sweet taste in the horse’s mouth, helping them to accept the bit. Please note that the blue colour will fade with use, this is normal.
Sweet Iron Tom Thumb Bit: Key features…
- Loose ring, shank sides
- Double jointed, blue sweet iron mouthpiece with brass alloy roller link
- Can help to lift horses off the forehand
- Exerts poll pressure
- Ideally used by experienced riders
- This bit is NOT BD Legal
- Bit strength: Moderate
As per our size guide the A & B measurements of this bit are as follows…
Blue Sweet Iron Horse Bits…
Blue Sweet iron bits oxidise easily which creates a warm sweet taste in the horse’s mouth, encouraging them to salivate. Some horses often prefer the warm sensation of sweet iron compared to stainless steel which is naturally colder. Sweet iron bits are therefore ideal for sensitive horses or horses that need encouragement to mouth and accept the bit.