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Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank

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Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank
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Retail: $29.99

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The Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank is a severe bit and should be used with care in isolated situations. It is well built, lasting a lifetime, with a terrific mouthpiece of copper. Copper is a soft metal that oxidizes when wet, and thus in a horse’s mouth this oxidization causes the horse to salivate. Salivation increases the responsiveness and sensitivity of the horse to pressure. The copper also has a...

The Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank is a severe bit and should be used with care in isolated situations. It is well built, lasting a lifetime, with a terrific mouthpiece of copper. Copper is a soft metal that oxidizes when wet, and thus in a horse’s mouth this oxidization causes the horse to salivate. Salivation increases the responsiveness and sensitivity of the horse to pressure. The copper also has a taste that horses love! In the winter or in cold weather, the copper metal is physically warmer to put in the horse’s mouth. The shanks and design of the Tom Thumb bit is very controversial, and with reason. The Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank has fixed shanks of a length that is very influential on a horse. Because of the design, when a direct rein is applied, the horse feels pressure on several different parts of their mouth, and sends confusing signals to them. This leads to frustration for the animal, and unfairness in the rider. There is also confusion in stopping and neck reining. The Shires Western Tom Thumb Long Shank should be seriously studied and understood in it's action before use on a specific horse. For experienced riders only! The Shires Western Tom Thumb Long ShankÊis available in different sizes.
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