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post #11 of 22 Old 04-24-2009, 01:35 AM
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There are a whole lot of ways to hold two sets of reins. Each has their use and technicalities, but as far as for riding a horse in a pelham who is used to a converter I would use the hold posted above, or if that is uncomfortable for you (I have really messed up hands and despite having tiny reins I can't hold my double like that) the I would put the curb rein underneath your pinky and hold the snaffle rein normally.
It is also helpful to have the curb rein exiting your hand not between the thumb and index finger, but instead between the index and middle fingers if you are not used to a double, this way you can better keep track of your reins.
Also remember to always keep the curb rein slightly less engaged than the snaffle rein, it shouldn't a strong contact in normal situations.
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Bailing twine should not break - after all, they hold hay bails together. If you are concerned about strength, then double or triple them.

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post #13 of 22 Old 04-24-2009, 10:32 AM
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Good picture Wild Spot. Yup, cross the reins so the curb rein is under your middle finger and the snaffle rein is under your ring finger. If you're not used to doing this though, I'd call up Gallops and Sue's Tack Shop and see if they have any pelham converters in stock. If not, you could use leather curb straps.
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post #14 of 22 Old 04-24-2009, 12:45 PM
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I have used a bit converter and was wondering if you could use a set of western stirrup hobbles or any short piece of leather with a buckle. Like a small dog collar? Just as a temporary fix.
Been awhile since I used one but it seems something like that would work.


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Good picture Wild Spot. Yup, cross the reins so the curb rein is under your middle finger and the snaffle rein is under your ring finger. If you're not used to doing this though, I'd call up Gallops and Sue's Tack Shop and see if they have any pelham converters in stock. If not, you could use leather curb straps.
Oh my gosh, your a genious! I really didn't think about that! I will have my dad go by the coap and gallups if he can! You think the coap would have some?

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ok, but it isn't a Wymouth bridle, it is just a phelm....

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*Pelham. Sorry, that was bugging me :]

I'm sure a small dog collar would work... There are numerous things you could substitute with.

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ok, but it isn't a Wymouth bridle, it is just a PELHAM....
The reins are still referred to as the same thing, the rein attached to the leverage part of the PELHAM is called a curb rein and the rein attached to the part with a snaffle action is called a snaffle rein.
It is beneficial to learn how to ride with two sets of reins, so why not learn now?
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Well A) I would rather learn on a horse I know, and B) I have to jump him tommarow, I'm thinking about useing a full cheek snaffle on him tommarow. He was given the all clear by our vet today! He might be the one...

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I guess I don't need this anymore. He isn't the horse

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