Using a Pelham in Open show on Green pony hunter? - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

Using a Pelham in Open show on Green pony hunter?

This is a discussion on Using a Pelham in Open show on Green pony hunter? within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-30-2011, 11:53 AM
Im not sure why, probably because in general adults are better riders than the little kids and I guess its just assumed that they shouldnt need all that bit for a little pony. Maybe its,"if you need to use all that bit, maybe you need to do some re-training" who knows

The proper reins to have on a pelham are a regular braided rein on the snaffle and a smaller(width) flat smooth curb rein. Makes for less bulk in your hands.
Sponsored Links
    06-30-2011, 12:13 PM
Actually, both reins should be smooth. The curb rein being smaller than the snaffle rein, but both smooth non-braided.

(At least that is what I was taught.)
    06-30-2011, 12:44 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Actually, both reins should be smooth. The curb rein being smaller than the snaffle rein, but both smooth non-braided.

(At least that is what I was taught.)
I use a pelham with my pony over fences/out on the xc course, and I was taught the smaller, smooth one was the curb and the larger braided was the snaffle...but maybe there's really no "proper" way, maybe it's just preference trainer by trainer?

On another note, I heard someone mention here they use a slow twist snaffle rather than a pelham...what are the pros and cons and which is considered the less "harsh" bit? My pony goes very well in her tom thumb (english) pelham and has no issues with it, but sometimes I get negative remarks from people who only ride in snaffles with their horses.
    06-30-2011, 12:45 PM
HITS, the only thing we are differing in opinion on is the snaffle rein being braided or smooth.

Yes, the curb rein is smaller.

I think most people use a braided rein for the snaffle rein because that is what they have.
    06-30-2011, 12:47 PM
Green Broke
You're probably right ;) And for my other question, I think I'll just start another thread so I don't hijack the OP's here! :)
    06-30-2011, 07:32 PM
A famous eventer/trainer of years gone by - Bruce Davidson? Tad Coffin? - recommended the braided rein/smooth rein combo for eventers under the logic that if you've slipped your reins or lost your reins over a big drop, it makes it easier to sort them out in a hurry. Good advice, and advice I've used. I showed a jumper and an eventer in that combo with a three ring snaffle.

However, the classic traditional hunter look is two *smooth* reins, one normal width, one skinny. But of course, I remember when hook stud reins were radical, and real hunter people had everything sewn in because it was a cleaner look.

Other than a Corinthian Class (I may be the only person left alive on the planet who remembers them) I don't think anyone cares.

What they do still care about is how the horse goes in the bit, how he moves and how he accepts contact. Don't worry about the rest.
    06-30-2011, 10:20 PM
By "curb rein" I mean the rein that uses the leverage action.

As in when riding with 2 reins you have the rein that uses the snaffle type action and one that uses leverage.
    06-30-2011, 10:24 PM
But ether way I have decided not to ride her in the show as we will not be far enough in training to make it to a show. Considering we literally just started riding last week, and it will be her first show, I don't need to have her do anything sorta new and I am just going to focus on halter events(considering I will be showing 3 ponies at that event, well 1 mini and 2 ponies, I will be to busy to continually work with her and also it will be a closed show where everything is stabled throughout the week.)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Baby Green vs. Welcome Hunter vs. Warm Up Hunter... ack alexischristina Jumping 4 12-23-2010 04:31 PM
Click here if you have been to a hunter/jumper or Welsh/Pony Show? AMKEquestrian Horse Shows 2 08-27-2009 09:56 AM
Open Show Memorial Day weekend ~ $, Horse, Pony, MuleClasses Vicki Gaudreau Horse Shows 1 05-20-2008 04:24 PM
show hunter pony? moomoo Horse Shows 12 01-19-2008 11:07 PM
Critique my green/pony hunter! StealingSociety Horse Riding Critique 1 03-14-2007 03:41 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0