TRUST EQUESTRIAN LEATHER PELHAM BITS
Besides the materials Sweet Iron and Inno Sense, we have the leather TRUST bits.The leather TRUST bits are particularly suitable for horses with a sensitive mouth. The reason for this is the flexibility of the bit in combination with the taste of the leather. The saliva production softens the leather bit and makes it more pleasant for the horse. The bits are provided with a core of reinforced nylon. The leather is handstitched around the core and naturally tanned without any chemicals. Our experience at TRUST taught us that especially highly sensitive mares accept this bit very well.
A Pelham is fundamentally a bit with both a snaffle action and a curb action. It is an attempt to provide the benefits of a double bridle without the complexity of needing two bits, as well as the versatility of different categories of bits all rolled into one. Most Pelhams look like a curb bit with an added ring right at the mouthpiece for a snaffle rein. Like a curb, if a rein is attached at the end of the curb shanks, they need to be used with a curb chain to be effective. Because the snaffle rings require the cheeks above the mouthpiece to be longer than on a typical curb bit, the curb chain often ends up sitting higher than it should, which can be corrected by running the curb chain through the snaffle rings.
A Pelham can be used with a variety of rein arrangements. Two reins can be used so that the rider may in theory have both a snaffle and a curb rein. In reality, neither can really be used independently, as with a double bridle, nor will the action of each be as effective. The two reins can also be joined together before reaching the rider’s hands through use of a divided rein, or with a converter strap, also known as ’roundings,’ which is a typical arrangement for children’s ponies. The bit can also be used with just a single rein, either at the snaffle ring or the curb ring, depending on the desired action. As with anything that tries to perform multiple functions, neither of these arrangements is as effective as when an actual snaffle or curb is used, but the versatility is sometimes desirable, especially with lesson horses.