Originally Posted by eventing13
I was thinking some oct of rubber pelham, but I didn't know if that would be too strong!
A pelham is a wonderful bit if it's used how it was intended. Double reins, as a 'false double bridle' if you will. In a double bridle you're supposed to ride mainly off the snaffle rein and the curb is there for refinement and to be able to give clear aids on two different things at once. The 'snaffle' rein on a pelham is a very mild option and while nowhere near as refined as a bit and bradoon I find it a magnificent bit for jumping because my horse has the option to respond to a nice light mild bit aid.
Roundings and split reins defeat the purpose and you may as well just be using the bottom slot of a kimblewick. No refinement at all and nowhere near as firm as the curb rein when you're using double reins. It does take a lot of coordination to be able to handle double reins though, especially over fences.