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Eileen 02-08-2012 11:56 AM

Proper use of double reins and pelham bits
 
It has been so long since I have used double reins that I have forgotten which rein to use for what. All help would be welcome.

Kayty 02-08-2012 07:26 PM

I'm not entirely sure what you mean here?

The bottom rein, or curb rein should only be used when absolutely needed, for a little extra control.
The top rein, or snaffle rein should be the rein that you ride off for the majority of your time.

Eileen 02-12-2012 11:36 AM

Thank you You Kayty understood exactly what I meant.

Allison Finch 02-12-2012 12:23 PM

There are three accepted ways to hold the reins in your hand. The most common method used is this. It puts the greatest leverage on the snaffle rein.

http://www.imeha.org/images/dlbrein2on2.jpg

The second has one hand hold three reins. This is pretty uncommon to see these days. Some use it when a horse has a persistently stiff side

http://www.imeha.org/images/dlbbit3on1.jpg

And then there is the method shown below. It is more often used in a broken mouth pelham and is considered Too harsh for a solid mouth pelham. It has hard leverage on the curb rein

http://www.imeha.org/images/dlbreinnocross.jpg

I hope this helps.

Eileen 02-12-2012 12:49 PM

Thank you Allison the second one is the one I believed I used now when I think of it. Thank all of you helping me to remember Now I am so excited about riding this way again. But I am so greatful for any more tips and ideas to help me get back into it without confusing the poor horse.

Royal Pine Buck 02-12-2012 01:34 PM

I know of 4 different ways to hold the reins in the hands. (none of which I could properly explain ) 3:1, 2:2, all in one, and I believe there was one with just the curb (yikes.) then there were different ways to hold THOSE. Curb on inside,over pinky,inder pinky. etc.

Catherine Haddad actually had a very good video explaining the rein holds.But I believe you need to pay/sign up to see it.

Katyusha 02-20-2012 03:39 PM

What is the purpose of pelhams and double reins? Is it solely for control?

Wallaby 02-20-2012 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Katyusha (Post 1369832)
What is the purpose of pelhams and double reins? Is it solely for control?

From what I understand, you could say that I guess.
The real purpose is so that, on a horse with the tendency to get strong, you can predominantly ride on the snaffle rein but then have an "emergency brake" (the curb rein) if/when the horse gets strong. The snaffle rein should be in use 95% of the time and the curb rein is used under 5% of the time.

2BigReds 02-20-2012 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Wallaby (Post 1369857)
From what I understand, you could say that I guess.
The real purpose is so that, on a horse with the tendency to get strong, you can predominantly ride on the snaffle rein but then have an "emergency brake" (the curb rein) if/when the horse gets strong. The snaffle rein should be in use 95% of the time and the curb rein is used under 5% of the time.

I was under the impression that it's also a way to communicate in a more complex way with the horse, as in dressage. Is that also correct? I ride western lol so I only know so much on the subject. :-)

Wallaby 02-20-2012 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by 2BigReds (Post 1370010)
I was under the impression that it's also a way to communicate in a more complex way with the horse, as in dressage. Is that also correct? I ride western lol so I only know so much on the subject. :-)

Possibly...I'm not sure. I thought that's what a double bridle was for... I didn't think pelhams were dressage legal but I certainly don't know for sure since I just trail ride. :lol:
Hopefully Kayty, aka "Dressage Pro", can come answer that one for both of us! :)


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