Peebs puts up a lot of my amateur mistakes, but there's some things he had to have his way. One of those is bits. After trying countless bits when I first got him, it was decided that Peebs goes in a pelham. It was a smooth, single jointed short shanked pelham and he has been super happy in that bit. It was the bit his previous owners used on him and they said he went well in it. They weren't wrong.
But it's been almost 3.5 years since I got him. His mouth physically is much better. Three years of dentals every six months will see to that. He's a lot more educated in the contact now, and while I'd like to think I'm a better rider in general, I know I'm better at riding him. And what I was feeling when jumping was not a happy Peebers.
|and yes, I got keepers for it|
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Guys, my horse can go in a snaffle!! Peebs has been very picky about his bit but the last few rides in the pelham, it was clear we needed a change. Still need to work on recalibrating my hand and leg to a snaffle but it feels great to have my horse back! #goodboypeebers #plainsnaffleftw #nomoredoublereins #itsamiracle
I had a lesson Sunday morning, and was hoping to get my trainer's approval of the full cheek. She did note that he was heavier in my hand during our flat warm up and said I need to be cognizant of not letting him hang on my hand. But part of that is still me learning how much leg and hand I need with the snaffle vs the pelham. Over fences she was sold. I could actually take a feel of his mouth and ride him toward the fences, as opposed to being super soft and trying to not piss him off. I could hold in the short three stride and he didn't flip his head and get pissy. I could sit and push him around the turns without him trying to fly sideways. It was such an awesome feeling to finally be able to really ride my horse again! There's definitely some kinks to work out as far how much feel I need, and how much is too much, but I'm glad to finally ditch the double reins of the pelham!