The Poponcini Harmony mouthpiece is made from a very lightweight, soft and flexible plastic, allowing rein aids to be given in a very subtle manner. The ledges at the outside of the mouthpiece prevent rubbing and help to prevent the bit being pulled through the horse's mouth. An inner steel cable runs through the mouthpiece, which is then covered in soft plastic and covered with non-toxic silicon for maximum comfort.
This bit is often suitable for horses that struggle to accept a conventional metal bit, and those with light or sensitive mouths that can nevertheless become strong and need a little extra control. The soft, elastic nature of the mouthpiece dissuades the horse from pulling and fighting the contact, as it is so gentle there is little for the horse to object to.
The rings on the Pelham provide a similar action to that offered by a double bridle, but in a less precise manner. When the top rein is used, the bit has a similar action to that of a hanging cheek snaffle, putting pressure on the bars of the mouth as well as a limited amount of poll pressure. The curb rein provides leverage action on the poll and also puts pressure on the curb groove via the curb chain. The pelham can be used with two reins or with pelham roundings.
The delicate nature of the Poponcini material can mean that if chewed by the horse it may result in damage to the mouthpiece or in extreme cases breakage.
Available in 13.5cm and 14.5cm, full Pelham or Baby Pelham Shanks.