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.
Description of baby pelham:
- The pelham is delivered with short and long shanks. A bit with short shanks is called a baby pelham. A pelham with long shanks is a normal pelham. This bit can be used with one or two reins.
- You can also use a pelham strap, this connects the bit ring with the ring a the bottom of the shank. A pelham strap connects the two rings, so just one rein is needed. The effect is a bit softer than riding with two reins.
- The pelham is used in combination with a curb chain.
- The pelham is often used with strong horses. Because of the leverage effect created by the sides, the bit is pretty sharp. By using this bit it’s easier to ride a horse rounder in the neck. The longer the sides, the sharper it is.
- The pelham is not suitable for inexperienced riders or horses.