I have a 7yr old pure Connemara gelding and he is very brave in all aspects which is super after having such a nervy horse before but recently he has taken to getting a bit racy racy whilst out hacking with others (only once I actually ask for canter though) and the strength of him scared me a little bit. We ended up the other day leaving my friend and galloping across three fields and jumping the 4 and half foot electric fence at the bottom of the hill (I wanted an experienced jumper….). The usual turning in a tight circle etc etc trick did not work as he was just too strong for me so my instructor suggested a pelham.
He has gone super in this – very respectful and doesn’t seem to be bothered about it at all (even though I’m not sure I’ve fitted the curb correctly –someone down the yard was on about a flat strap and the fact that I’ve got it on a drop noseband bridle…) so basically what I wanted to know is does anyone know a bit more about pelhams? Would I be able to do unaffiliated/affiliated show jumping with him wearing one?
Also, does anyone know of a “bit advisor” in the Hertfordshire area? I know there are some people who will come out and try out different bits on your horse so that you can see what he goes best in, make sure it’s correctly fitted etc and then buy that bit at the end.