OMG, I just don't understand why people don't do research on bits and get educated. I'm on a FB discussion page and a bit discussion came up from someone with a western horse, looking for a starting bit, transition bit and so on. So someone mentions a Tom Thumb as a transition to a curb bit because she uses one. I very politely AND realistically talked out how this bit is THE MOST poorly designed bit, the mechanics of it etc. Next thing ya know, the woman who uses one calls me a troll and an a-hole!!?? Like....what? So I cited RESEARCH and hands-on studies done by bit professionals and experts, but she said..."that's their opinion." Hmmmm....ok, I guess she's also one of those that says science is wrong, and the world REALLY is flat.