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post #11 of 18 Old 12-22-2009, 07:10 PM
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I think double bridles are fine, i am going to learn how to use one (if my training goes well) next year or so to do juniors in. like all things, it could be very abusive or painful to the horse if used improperly, but you cant blame the tool for that.

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-23-2009, 10:40 AM
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I think they ar a great tool in the right hands at the GP level. When you are at that level of competition, you really need every tool you can use to maximize the aids and refine that contact during your riding test.

It's a very strong and severe bridle that I would hope to never see outside the Haute Ecole, and only in expert hands.
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-23-2009, 01:12 PM
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I think it's fine in the right hands, but I would be much more impressed if I saw a beautifully trained horse that was responsive in just a snaffle.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-23-2009, 02:17 PM
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My horses train in a snaffle. When I have to ride with a double, I usually ride on the snaffle rein (my bridoons are fat and soft) and rarely have to use the weymouth. I train for lightness and simply refuse to let the horse use me for their balance.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-30-2009, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by dressagexlee View Post

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.

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post #17 of 18 Old 01-03-2010, 10:30 PM
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Exactly. Freddy is not my horse, he has never had any professional dressage training (his owner marvels at what of done to him, heheh.), and to be honest, he's a bit ignorant of the hand. And, as I said, it's doing good service teaching me the responsibility of a curb function, and helps me get used to the double riens. It allows for some experimentation, too.
Right now, I'm working on finding the right length of the curb rein for Freddy, feeling the difference between what is too much and too little, and learning exactly what I can control with it and what effects I get when I do different things. All this can be done without too much bother to Freddy, and he can still put up with me on days that I'm feeling off, tense, or inconsistant. This just can't be done with a double bridle, and it brings me one step closer to softness, so that the day I get on a real dressage horse I won't have so much difficulty adjusting, hm? ~

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post #18 of 18 Old 01-03-2010, 10:43 PM
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Double bridles are a pain in the ***!!
When you have a horse that schools everything in the snaffle and even THEN has connection issues, you'll know what I mean!
I dread the day I make it to PSG, lol. I honestly have so much trouble keeping the horse in the bridle in my nice baby snaffle that I can't imagine the grief I'm going to have in the double.
Mare I used to have had some issues with contact the other way, the double was great for her!
I like looking at my double though. It is pretty :P
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