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  1. #1
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    Default Has anyone used a bendy pelham like this one?

    I've been eye-ing the (seriously expensive) Nathe Flexible Pelham as an introduction to pelhams for my young horse. I like that it's not jointed, but bends, and has a flat material (rather than raw chain) curb "chain". Anyone used this? (I'm not a fan of the huge black rubber straight bits, nor happyt mouth material - too hard imo - hence my interest in this Nathe)....

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...tclassid=7155&
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    I have used a flexible one, although not the one you pictured, and put a gel cover on the curb chain ... liked it very much.

    WRT to the bit you posted, I would lose the "converters" (and probably the bit guards as well) but otherwise it looks fine.
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    I show my current horse in the Happy Mouth Mullen Mouth Short Shank Pelham(below), and I LOVE how he goes in it. He has a pretty soft mouth and he takes hold of it nice and never wants to get behind it (something he likes to do w/ other pelhams.)

    It's an older Happy Mouth though and it's much softer than the new versions. I wish they still made it.

    http://www.doversaddlery.com/happy-m...10034/cn/1468/



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    I'm not sure that I would buy this until I had tried a regular metal mullen-mouth with a leather curb strap or gel-covered chain.
    http://www.doversaddlery.com/mullen-...1-01124/cn/86/

    Then I would take the $290 that I saved and spend it on ice cream or wine or truffles or a clinic or something. I have found that a huge majority of horses like these bits. And a significant number of horses hate the thicker mouthpiece. Just because it makes us feel that we're doing something "gentle", the horses don't necessarily agree!
    madeline
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    We have a Jay Shuttleworth pelham made with a KK Duo mouthpiece. Expensive, but probably not a ton more than the Nathe. Plus the cheeks are much more conventional looking if you want to do the hunters with it. All the horses that Ive put it on have loved it (jumpers/hunters).



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    I have a regular no-brand black rubber pelham. It is flexible rubber as opposed to the dogbone kind. I love it for a sensitive mouth that tends to get low and heavy and lock on a metal mouth piece. He was cranky about the chain though (more the chinking sound than the feel and a gel pad did not fix it) so we used a re-purposed flash to make a thin leather curb. It was great for that horse and about $30 total



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