Originally Posted by dressagexlee
On a side note, I ride Freddy in a pelham. It's an honest disaster to try a ride him in a snaffle, but I can't ride him in a double bridle (he will never be soft enough to go in one). I wish they hadn't made the pelham illegal in dressage competition, because it really get riders used to the double reins and teaches them some of the mechanics of a double bridle. The funny thing is that the pelham was originally created for dressage as a transition bit for horse and rider!
I'm glad to see somebody say (admit) that they use a Pelham. With some horses, especially with a woman rider, the snaffle just isn't enough. I read on these boards that the whoa comes from the training, but in real life, it doesn't always happen that way, lol.
I used to trail ride my Morgan in a Pelham, because that curb rein served as an emergency brake in case I needed one. If he ever decided to bolt, he was too strong of a puller for me to steer or stop with just a snaffle. I rode him on the snaffle rein and only gave him a light bump with the curb if he decided to bolt or buck.