Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Riding with 4 reins isn't difficult. Make sure that both sets of reins are the same length. I like to use a set of braided reins for the snaffle rings and flat reins for the curb rings. You run the snaffle reins on the outside of your pinkies and you cross and run the curb reins between your ring and pinky fingers JUST LIKE DIRECT REINING WITH A SNAFFLE.
What I was suggesting is that you can use the Pelham to drop one set at a time, or use equal pressure on the snaffle and curb--much like a "full bridle" which uses two BITS--and teach your horse to halt and half halt feeling the bit on the bars AND the fulcrum effect of the curb.
You horse can get a chance to respond to one or the other or both at the same time, and you don't have to dismount to change bridles during the same schooling session. Later on, when your horse is finished you can get a converter, which is piece of leather for both sides of the bit than converts it from 4 reins back to 2 reins, like NORMAL.
As Elana said, TWIST THE CURB CHAIN CLOCKWISE until it makes the links smooth, then adjust so that you can fit two of your fingers in between the horse and the curb chain for a correct adjustment. IF you use a leather piece instead of a metal curb chain, you adjust the same way.