Originally Posted by bubba13
See them a lot in CEP and saddleseat, too, for better or worse.
I learned to handle a double bridle long before I knew a thing about bits or the difference between a snaffle and a curb. Which is scary, really.
Ha, I always forget about saddleseat, we don't really have those classes on Oz
Rachael: My feeling on using the pelham in your situation is that it may help you slow her down but it won't help her jump better or more accurately. While the curb action of the pelham will offer more power so to speak, it won't calm her down. She will be just as scatty but perhaps a little slower. If she runs through the bit currently, bitting her up will lead to the same behaviour eventually in a harsher bit. I am in agreement with Bubba that it is a training issue that a harsher bit won't help with.
Don't worry about thinking it is a silly reason, many people use that reason and I have no doubt that you were told by many that this is the best course of action! Introduce the jumps slowly and work on getting her in the right frame of mind when she is jumping. Don't push it and when she gives you a nice, unrushed jump for the day congratulate her and finish up! It's more about reprogramming her mind than reprogramming her mouth