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post #1 of 3 Old 12-08-2012, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Pelham as a correctional bit?

So, I've really been struggling with my new gelding. He is the sweetest thing ever, but riding him has become such a pain. He doesn't bend left, because he doesn't want to take the contact on the right rein- because he is a little less muscled on that side.

We've had his teeth done, chiropractor ans everything, and he's fine. He's great on the lunge, and in walk I can bend him any way- which leads me to think it's more of a psychological thing, perhaps an old injury?

Anyways, after a few fights and falls (he's about 17.1 and I'm only 5'3- not really a fair fight :p) I talked to my instructor and we've put a Mullen mouth rubber Pelham on him.

I'm using 2 reins, and today, the second time I rode him in it, I didn't have to use the 'curb' at all, he was fantastic. My plan was to use this bit, then remove the second rein, then the chain, and then get him used to just a snaffle again.

He was schooled in Holland as a youngster, so I'm thinking he was ridden a lot in a double bridle- and maybe doesn't really 'get' the snaffle?

Basically, I just wanted some opinions on if what I'm doing is right, suggestions if it's not, things I should think about etc. Thank you!
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-08-2012, 08:50 AM
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a pelham should not be used for correction, no bit should.
Also a Pelham has a very muddy action even with 2 reins it can confuse a horse as the "snaffle" rein still activates the curb to some extent.

in your position it is clear that your horse lack the muscle structure to bend right and carry/balance himself in trot/canter so work on the lunge and longreins in a correct outline wil help fix that. As will correct riding hundreds and hundreds of transitions, circles, turns, changes of rein etc will also help. Push him through from your seat.
Get him on a circle and leg yield him in and out force him to pick up the contact on that rein.

it is unlikely that he was worked extensivly in a double simply because he was schooled in holland, there would have been no benefit for them to do so as under a certain level they cannot use a double in competition.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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I have worked on circles, transitions everything for two months. Nothing. If anything, hes gotten worse. Leg yielding out- he takes off in that direction. I put the outside leg on, he bucks and rears.

I didn't think about how that came across, that he was schooled in holland. He was raised in a competition stable where he was aimed to be a breeding stallion, so they wanted to get him to a high a level as quickly as possible. He also goes in to a very high outline, much too high for his age- which also leads me to think that.
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