I'm in DC and all four of the mounted cops were riding in a pehlams, with the chain and double reins. I looked at them and asked, they walked away. Whaaat? Opinions? Posted via Mobile Device
My father was a mounted officer for about 5 years, (Thats how I got Jake). I would like to comment but unsure what the point of your post was about? The fact that the officers were all using pelhams and that this is bad or what? What did you ask?
Most police over here use pelhams, the bottom rein is normaly a chain this is because they are used in riots and if the top rein is cut they always have the brakes and control through the bottom rein/chain!
I think its smarter for mounted police to ride with a two-rein system rather than a one rein.
Most mounted police are used for crowd control. If somebody grabs or breaks one set of reins, the policeman would lose all control from those reins. If he had a second set, he could easily regain control of the horse with those particular reins.
They also can get "the best of both" in one bit. With a pelham, one rein set gives control like a snaffle, and the other acts as a leverage.
I'm all for the extra support on the officers part. They have to go through some interesting stuff. Also there is a strict emphasis on uniformity. You will not see a unit with some horses in a snaffle and other in curbs. It is probably the best universal bit they can get. Snaffle for the snaffle horses and curbs for the horses that need it. Though I more of like the idea of a western curb, they often have to ride with one hand if you think about it. One to handle the situation going on and one to control the horse.
My father's unit all used D-ring snaffles. Its all what the unit uses as their bit.