[RC] Bits - Carolyn Burgess
I will probably get alot of flack on this, but I think a pelham is way to
harsh to use for trail riding. I won't ride on the trails with anything
stronger than a full cheek snaffle. My personal favorite is a d-ring
snaffle if I have to use a bit, but I really prefer a sidepull (bitless). I
currently ride my endurance horse in a d-ring snaffle because he wasn't
collecting in the sidepull and really needed to work collected.
If I ever felt that a horse needed a stronger bit for control, we would go
back to the ring and retrain to get a better response with less bit. I
think that if you need the bit to stop the horse, either you or the horse
(usually the rider) needs retraining.
A pelham is a wonderful bit in the right hands for certain disciplines,
trail riding, IMO, is not one of those.
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