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post #1 of 129 Old 11-06-2014, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Need instructions how to put pelham bit on bridle with snaffle and one set of reins

Hello horse friends.

My instructor wants my daughter to use a pelham snaffle bit for her horse to see how she does with it.

I cannot figure out how to put this thing on the bridle!

The girl at the store sold me these short leather straps, since we're only using one set of reins. She said I need to attach them to the loops on the sides and then put the reins around that leather piece and not through the metal rings.

But where do I put the bridle to attach it to the bit?

And which end is up?

I've looked online and can't find anything that's very clear with only using one set of reins and one bit.

Thanks in advance for any help. Feel free to attach pictures!

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What you were sold are connectors, which are not appropriate to show in and really should not be used at all. Any trainer suggesting these would really worry me. There are plenty of other bits out there, that are designed to be used with one rein, and to give curb pressure. I would be running the other way with daughter in tow.
For your reference: the pelham bit is designed to be used with two reins and with a skilled/experienced rider. The upper rein is your primary and the lower for curb pressure as needed.
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What you were sold are connectors, which are not appropriate to show in and really should not be used at all. Any trainer suggesting these would really worry me. There are plenty of other bits out there, that are designed to be used with one rein, and to give curb pressure. I would be running the other way with daughter in tow.
For your reference: the pelham bit is designed to be used with two reins and with a skilled/experienced rider. The upper rein is your primary and the lower for curb pressure as needed.
My trainer is very experienced and I trust her completely. We don't "show" so that's not a concern for us. Do you know how to connect it to the bridle with a one-rein hookup?

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Actually I just found this on Wikipedia of all places:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelham_...Pelham_bit.jpg

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I believe you're looking at something like this:



It looks like the bridle attaches to the top ring, the leather attachments connect between the big middle ring and the bottom ring and the reins connect around the leather attachments that make a loop between the bit rings. The
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My trainer is very experienced and I trust her completely. We don't "show" so that's not a concern for us. Do you know how to connect it to the bridle with a one-rein hookup?
why not ask your trainer? That is what she is for. The part I find a bit worrisome is that you cant tell the top from the bottom.
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Kenda and the Wiki pic are correct other than there really should be a 'lip strap that attaches to the currently empty small 'ring' between the two larger ones top and bottom of the bit (where you have the connector attached)
The lip strap goes from one side to the another running through the free link on the curb chain
It's a fairly commonly seen use of the Pelham in the UK for children and adults who need a bit of extra help on a horse/pony that pulls too much for them to manage in a snaffle - a jointed or ported kimberwick might work just as well
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I love (*sarcasm alert*) how people jump to negative assumptions first instead of a perfectly good explanation, which I'll give now so no one else feels the need to scold me...

Where I live, it's late at night. My trainer was in the hospital all day. Because I don't want to bother her with something that could wait until tomorrow, I came here instead, knowing there'd be knowledgeable people who could and would help me. Could I have waited until tomorrow and gone to see her? Yes. But I wanted to put the rig together tonight while I had some free time at home.

Why I don't know which end is up is entirely based on the fact that I am a beginner, which explains why I am posting in the "New to Horses" section of the forum. If you've never seen a pelham bit in use before, it's not crazy to think it's confusing. I'm an intelligent person who's been riding for a year, but I couldn't figure it out. There are rings all over the place and that chain looks like it goes under the chin, which is why I couldn't figure out why it was on top of the bit. That's why I asked for help. Thanks to some people here and some photos, now I get it. It makes perfect sense once you see it one time.

I find it insulting and rude that anyone would judge me harshly because I don't know how a bit I've never seen used is set up. I don't come here to be judged that way, I come here for help. I come here for support and to share information.

Thanks to those who have offered your assistance. It's been a huge help and I'm glad I posted. Now I can put my bridle together and go to bed. :)
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Kenda and the Wiki pic are correct other than there really should be a 'lip strap that attaches to the currently empty small 'ring' between the two larger ones top and bottom of the bit (where you have the connector attached)
The lip strap goes from one side to the another running through the free link on the curb chain
It's a fairly commonly seen use of the Pelham in the UK for children and adults who need a bit of extra help on a horse/pony that pulls too much for them to manage in a snaffle - a jointed or ported kimberwick might work just as well
I guess it's somewhat common here in France too, or so I'm finding out. :) This is specifically for a horse who is difficult to move in medium-sized circles at a canter (she refuses to turn). We're just going to try it and see how it works. We started with a d-ring snaffle, moved to a "releveur" (not sure the word in English), and now the pelham with single reins.

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Hope your daughter isn't a beginner. Pelhams aren't for beginners even if there's only one rein. The chain doesn't go on top it goes under the chin. The pictures shown are correct. The connector goes where the reins would go forming a loop you attach the one rein too.

Jaydee, never heard of that. I always wondered what they are there for. What does it do?

Never seen or heard of it so I'm assuming it's not a necessary step.
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