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)....
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.
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!
* What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis
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).
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