Pelhams (55mm shank or 75mm shank suitable for Polo)

The Pelham 55 has attachments for two reins, one near the mouthpiece and one at the end of the shank. These reins have similar action to the curb and bridoon reins in the double bridle.  Some riders, not adept at handling two sets of reins, prefer to use rein connectors, leather loops which connect from one ring to the other on the bit shank. The rein is then attached to this rounding.  The Pelham 55 has the shortest shank (55 mm) out of our range, this will soften poll pressure and leverage on the mouthpiece and curb.

The Pelham 75 has attachments for two reins, one near the mouthpiece and one at the end of the shank. These reins have similar action to the curb and bradoon reins in the double bridle.   The Polo Pelham 75 has 75mm shanks and has heavier cheekpeices than the standard Pelham.

Both are supplied with curb chain and hooks.

All our bits are made from blue sweet iron, because it:

  • oxidises easily
  • encourages salivation
  • helps bit acceptance
  • is warm and sweet

Please note the blue will fade with use.


Standard-Curb-Chain

Standard Curb Chain

Included in all orders of Pelhams


Military-Curb-Chain

Military Curb Chain

£10.00 supplement  (Standard Curb Chains come included)  This Military Curb Chain is heavier and stronger than the standard chain.


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Bomber Blue – picture is of the 55mm shank

The Bomber Blue is a unique bit which produces amazing results for the majority of horses.

The mouthpiece is ported to give tongue relief.

The material used allows the bit to remain light and it encourages salivation. It is particularly well suited to horses that object to metal mouth pieces.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm or 75mm (Polo) shanks


Buster-Roller-Pelham

Buster Roller – picture is of the 55mm shank

The Buster Roller link in the middle is shortened to 40mm which increases bar and tongue pressure making the bit sharper than conventional link bits.

The increased pressure on the bar will lift the head and the roller will increase pressure on the tongue bringing the chin in.

Best suited for a horse with a low head carriage and which leans on the bit.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm or 75mm (Polo) shanks

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Colin Miles Pelham

Colin Miles – picture is of the 55mm shank

The Colin Miles is a great schooling bit with a 55mm centre piece creating greater tongue pressure. The rings give the horse something to play with and help keep the horses attention on the bit.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm shanks ONLY


Cherry-Roller-Pelham

Cherry Roller

The Cherry Rollers roll in the horses mouth giving him something to play with and reducing the likelihood of the bit being held in the horse’s teeth. They are constructed tightly so there is no chance of pinching. When pulling on the reins, the rollers allow the bit to move along the bars of the horse’s jaws as opposed to rubbing.

Very useful for horses that:

  • Lose sensitivity over time
  • Lose concentration
  • Cross their jaws

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


Elliptical-Pelham

Elliptical – picture is of the 55mm shank

The Elliptical is a 45 mm lozenge, it is stronger than the Control Plate due to it having a smaller surface area. Consequently, a horse using his tongue as a means of pushing against the bit and therefore taking control, will draw back and tuck his chin in, coming back to a better point of control.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm or 75mm (Polo) shanks


HT-CHERRY-ROLLER-PELHAM

Happy Tongue Cherry Roller

The Happy Tongue is a solid mouth piece. It is curved and ported to give tongue relief. The Happy Tongue would be a good place to start if your horse is:

  • Shaking its head
  • Sticking its tongue out
  • Sucking its tongue back and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise
  • Trying to put its tongue over the bit
  • Going behind the bit to avoid the contact
  • Snatching the reins forward and down

The rider will know immediately if this is the correct bit, as a horse with a sensitive tongue will finally begin to work into, and accept the contact. Changing the cheekpieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.

The Cherry Rollers roll in the horses mouth giving him something to play with and reducing the likelihood of the bit being held in the horse’s teeth. They are constructed tightly so there is no chance of pinching. When pulling on the reins, the rollers allow the bit to move along the bars of the horse’s jaws as opposed to rubbing.

Very useful for horses that:

  • Lose sensitivity over time
  • Lose concentration
  • Cross their jaws

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


HT-Pelham

Happy Tongue – picture shown in a 55mm shank

The Happy Tongue is a solid mouth piece. It is curved and ported to give tongue relief. The Happy Tongue would be a good place to start if your horse is:

  • Shaking its head
  • Sticking its tongue out
  • Sucking its tongue back and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise
  • Trying to put its tongue over the bit
  • Going behind the bit to avoid the contact
  • Snatching the reins forward and down

The rider will know immediately if this is the correct bit, as a horse with a sensitive tongue will finally begin to work into, and accept the contact. Changing the cheekpieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm and 75mm shanks


Snaffle-Pelham

Snaffle

Our Snaffle is a popular bit due to the curved mouthpiece which distributes pressure more evenly over tongue and bars. With the offset centre link it will reduce the nutcraker action and pressure points on the tongue.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


Spinner-Pelham

Spinner

The Spinner sits on top of the horses tongue and prevents the horse putting its tongue over the bit.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


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Square Twisted Mullen

The Mullen is a strong bit which creates direct pressure on the tongue. Used for a strong older horse and will also bring the head down.

The Square Twist will create more pressure points on the mouthpiece which will make it stronger than the Round Twist and Smooth.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


TWISTED-JOINTED-PELHAM

Square Twisted Snaffle

Our Snaffle is a popular bit due to the curved mouthpiece which distributes pressure more evenly over tongue and bars. With the offset centre link it will reduce nutcraker action and pressure points on the tongue.

The Square Twist will create more pressure points on the mouthpiece which will make it stronger than the Round Twist and Smooth.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY


Waterford-Pelham

Waterford

The Waterford bit has many smooth flexible bumps or bubbles, which spreads the pressure over many points making it a light mouthpiece. The greater flexibility discourages a horse from leaning on it.

The Waterford bit is a good choice for a horse that leans, it also promotes mouthing and salivation.  The Waterford is usually worn ¼” – ½” longer than your traditional mouthpiece in order to curl around the lips and maximise the effect.

AVAILABLE IN 55mm ONLY

 


Johan DuPlooy Pelham (POLO)

Johan DuPlooy Pelham – picture shown in the 75mm shank

Johan Du Plooy is a ported mouthpiece with a central roller filling the port, this helps keep the tongue beneath the bit and provides something for the horse to play with.

AVAILABLE IN A 75mm shank ONLY (Suitable for Polo)


Happy Tongue Spinner 'Chaplin' Pelham (POLO)

Happy Tongue ‘Chaplin’ Spinner – 75mm shanks only

The Chaplin has a port creating space for the tongue, relieving some pressure. It is a strong bit which creates direct pressure on the bars.

The Spinner sits on top of the horses tongue and prevents the horse putting its tongue over the bit.


Happy Tongue Petros Pelham (POLO)

Memo Gracida (Happy Tongue Petros) – 75mm shanks only

A horse shaking its head when bit pressure is applied or its tongue trying to escape the bit are classic signs the horse has a sensitive tongue.
With this in mind the Happy Tongue was created, it has a medium port creating space for the tongue, relieving pressure, allowing the horse to relax.

 

The Petros mouthpieces rotate preventing the horse taking hold of the bit and can be combined with any 3-piece bit.  Often good for a horse that leans or tries to take hold of the bit.

The rider will know immediately if this is the correct bit, as a horse with a sensitive tongue will finally begin to work into, and accept the contact. Changing the cheekpieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.

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