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Baby Pelham

A baby pelham is a bit with curb chain and short shanks, which provides pressure behind the ears and has a leverage effect.
The strength of the impact is determined by the mouthpiece type, length of the shanks and the curb chain.

Baby Pelham

A baby pelham is a bit with a curb chain and short shanks, which applies pressure behind the ears and creates a lever effect. A pelham with short shanks is also called a baby pelham, while a pelham with long shanks is a regular pelham. The length of the shanks and the curb chain determine the strength of the action; the longer the shanks, the sharper the action.

The pelham bit combines the functions of a regular snaffle and a curb bit. A pelham can be used with two reins, one rein attached to the upper ring for a gentle contact, and the other rein attached to the lower ring for the leverage effect of the pelham. One can also use a converter (pelham roundings/strap) to use a single rein, where the rein is attached. By using a pelham, it is easier to set a horse deep and is often used for stronger horses. The pelham is not suitable for inexperienced riders or horses, as this bit can be quite strong.

The baby pelham is often used in sports by professionals. It is a side piece that should be used with care. The bit has a leverage effect, making it only suitable for horses that are strong in the hand. The horse should have a stable foundation before being ridden with a baby pelham. At HorseOnline, you can test the bit before purchasing. A baby pelham is FEI-approved but can only be used for show jumping competitions.


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