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Pelham Snaffle


The nutcracker effect of the Single Jointed Pelham may promote a head raising action when the reins are applied resulting in a high head carriage in horses with low palates or small mouths. Pressure with this bit is applied to the sides of the horse’s tongue, the horse’s lips and bars of the horse’s mouth. As with all Pelham’s, double reins should be used, one as a snaffle rein which has direct contact with the horse’s mouth and a second curb rein to apply poll pressure and bring the horses nose more towards its chest. Rein connectors can be used.


As this Pelham contains a single joint, horse breeds that are prone to having large tongues or low pallets may not like this bit due to the nutcracker effect (examples of such breeds include Arabians and Draught horses).