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post #11 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 12:50 AM
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this was at a "Rave" in LA a few weeks ago. I believe most of the cops I saw rode in curb bits.
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 12:57 AM
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I would be mortified if those buttcheeks in the background belonged to me...
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hahaha! You know the funny thing about this...
I own a horse and have been riding for years. So seeing horses is not exactly a life changing experience for me. However, most of these kids has NEVER seen horses in their lives up close... let alone being able to touch them. It was pretty cool how excited everyone was. The horses just stood there while all the crazy kids loved on them.

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I would be mortified if those buttcheeks in the background belonged to me...

I would never have noticed if you hadn't said anything! Ha! That is hysterical.
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post #15 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 03:48 AM
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These are my local mounted policelooking at them they are using cavalry bits instead of pelhams but the effect is the same.
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post #16 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 03:51 AM
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Also there is absoluly nothing wrong with a pelham. Stan my connemara prefered one to a snaffle, he went far nicer in one then he ever did in a snaffle.

If you know how to use one correctly then they are a very useful tool and people who hate them generaly don't understand the bit.

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post #17 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 06:30 AM
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I really don't see anything wrong with using pelhams as long as they are used properly.

This is somewhat on topic.

When I went to New York, the horses were in double bridles. Why are the curb bits curved?

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from what I understand, the extra curve in the curb bit gives them even more leverage. Correct me if I'm mistaken

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post #19 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 12:11 PM
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If a curb's shanks are swept back like that, it gives the horse a little warning as you pick up your reins and alert them that you are about to give pressure or a cue, etc. Does that make sense? When the shank is straight, they don't feel anything until the rider applies pressure. So, in a way, it is more mild, if that makes sense.

I don't really have much of an opinion on this. We don't have mounted police here and I don't know much about pelhams and why they are apparently frowned upon. I do love that heart breastcollar on the horse on the right though.
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post #20 of 22 Old 08-20-2011, 12:46 PM
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Here is my father's unit's riding gear. After Jake had failed as a reliable police horse and before my Dads horse was certified, he often borrowed this dun from another officer. They had a nice halter/bridle combination and kept the halter attached. But they all decided to use snaffles.

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