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We make and stock a wide range of pelhams with various cheekpiece and mouthpiece combinations. We offer both a short cheek in 4" and standard cheek in 5".
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THE PELHAM BIT
Pelhams are a ‘two in one’ bit being distinctive by having; a curb chain, two points of rein attachment and a cheek that extends below the mouthpiece. The Pelham seeks to combine the action of a double bridle, and may be useful for horses who cannot accommodate or tolerate two bits.
Two sets of reins are ideally used and the top ring acts as a Snaffle. The use of the rein attached to the rings at the lower end of the cheek gives the leverage action which functions in combination with the curb chain.
It is very important to have the curb chain fitted so that contact is made upon the chin groove when the bits cheek are tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from the point of rest. The curb chin must not be too tight or too loose. All Abbey Pelhams are supplied with the appropriate curb chain.
When riding in a Pelham with two reins it is predominantly the Snaffle rein that is used with the curb, picked up only when required. It can be helpful to use a textured rein on the Snaffle ring and thinner plain one on the curb.
It is very important to note the port height when selecting and fitting the bit. Those ports that allow space for the tongue may lead to a different distribution of pressure, and ports, especially high ports, may make contact with the palate. A high port would add considerably to the bit’s potential severity. We recommend that you seek expert guidance if unsure.
Pelhams come in many different designs and mouthpieces to suit a range of requirements and mouth types.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between a Pelham and a Curb (Weymouth) bit?
The difference between a Pelham and a Curb (Weymouth) is that the Pelham has two points of rein attachment while the Curb bit has only one, being designed for use with a Bradoon bit and double bridle. With the use of Pelham
Roundings, some riders will choose to use just one set of reins instead of two. These leather attachments fix onto the Pelhams cheek to form a loop to which the just one rein is attached. The disadvantage of using Roundings is a less clearly defined action
between the upper (Snaffle) and lower (Curb) action. A combination of the two actions is a more likely result.