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[18 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Is The Pelham an Acceptable Bit?
By: Dr. Jessica Jahiel
Editors Note: This article is a Q & A regarding Pelham bits from Dr. Jessica Jahiel’s “HorseSense Newsletter.”
Dear Jessica:
I have been reading some on-line horse lists and now I find myself to be very confused about a certain bit. What exactly is the purpose of a Pelham bit, and do you believe that this is an acceptable bit? I have always been told that no true dressage rider would ever use such a bit, that we must ride in the snaffle or …

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Selecting A Saddle For Lessons
by Dr. Jessica Jahiel
Editor’s Note: This is Dr. Jahiel’s response to a question submitted to her from a rider regarding selecting a saddle for riding lessons.
I started riding a year ago at 35. It was a childhood dream come true – horses were all I talked about when I was a kid and the trail ride at Disney World at 10 years old and the ride around the corral in Chincoteague a few years later just didn’t cut it. Once I was led bareback out of …

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Bits
By: Rhett Russell
There are many types of bits out there. When I go to a tack store and look at bits, it’s like walking down the spice aisle at the grocery store — I see a lot of things that I have no idea what to do with. There are a lot of fancy bits made by people who prey on others inability to train their horses successfully. Many people believe that if their horse is not responding, they should get a stronger bit — WRONG! A harsh bit in …

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Mecate Reins
By: Rhett Russell, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Traditional Mecate reins (pronounced either muh-caw-tee or McCarty) are made from horse hair, but can also be made from nylon double braid marine rope. These reins are normally between 20-22 feet long. Don÷t worry, you won÷t have to figure out what to do with an extra 15 feet of rein. Approximately 8-10 feet are used for the rein and the remaining 10-12 feet are used as a lead rope or popper when in the saddle. The mota is the thing at the …