View Full Version : Spinoff from hackamore thread - Pelhams w/converters?

Nov. 8, 2010, 10:11 PM
Reading the hackamore thread, I began thinking about other tack/bit trends I've seen recently. It seems as if I've seen a lot of horses going in pelhams with converters (jumpers of course). I've always had the general impression that converters were frowned upon in the hunter/jumper world, similar to kimberwickes. With even the BN riders using this set up (Michael Morrisey (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/003435.jpg), McLain Ward (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/004080.jpg), Laura Kraut (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/ee14c840f4e80682780b8ff5b00cdd23d6cfec40.jpg), Vigo D'arsouille (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/14542.jpg), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/michaelsbbaum-world-cup-final-vegas.jpg),Gerco Schroeder (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/GercoSchroder_FredericBrouard.jpg), Candice King (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/KingC-ROTT10F2639.jpg), Shane Sweetnam (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/SHANESWEETNAM.jpg)) this combo must have a function beyond simplifying from two reins to one. Specifically, how does the converter change the action of the pelham? Thoughts?

Nov. 8, 2010, 11:52 PM
It puts even weight in the two "actions" of the bit. Gives leverage with out being only leverage (like a 3 ring bit with one rein). If the rides needs some leverage, but in a steady fashion, then the refinement of the two reins isn't needed. With the newer most popular 4" shank pelhams, the second rein provides very little refinement in comparison to say the old school double bridle where a converter would be unfair to the horse (too much leverage with no opportunity to give).

I don't know. I'm not a fan of the converters unless with a beginner rider on a horse the NEEDS a pelham (not many horses). Oddly, my post doesn't look that way, but I can see where the pro's are coming from with just skipping the second rein when they have other things to focus on like a 5' course :yes:

Nov. 9, 2010, 09:53 AM
I can see using it for jumpers, where you don't necessarily have time to juggle two sets of reins or need the finess having separate reins provides.

Not a big fan for hunters, which is not supposed to be about speed.