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Equine Dentistry: Pelham Bits Explained

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Equine Dentistry: Pelham Bits Explained

  1. 1. Equine Dentistry: Pelham Bits Explained with Equine Dentist Mark Burnell
  2. 2. I’m Mark Burnell and I’m a professional horse dentist. By all means please get your horses’ teeth checked regularly.
  3. 3. Rather than a double bridle, this is a Pelham. Similar to the double bridle, you would use two reins but there’s less steel in the horse’s mouth. This is an eggbutt or jointed Pelham. It is too big for Lucy and we can see that you’ve paid for a good two centimetres of steel. If we take the bit from either the extreme right or the extreme left position, it would be like driving the car with a fairly lose steering mechanism.
  4. 4. There’s too much play in this bit for this particular horse. So we’d look for a jointed Pelham that was two centimeters, half an inch, three quarters of an inch, narrower than this for it to fit this particular pony. Once again, it’s a specialist bit. It comes with a curb chain. It comes with a curb chain. These chains should not be too tight; the idea is as the bit takes up contact, the chain then puts pressure on the mandible which is the lower jaw bone.
  5. 5. Ideally that should be used in special situations and you would need specialist advice on whether you purchase this bit and in what circumstances you would use it. Ideally, you should buy a chain guard so that there’s a bit of comfort on the horse’s chin as this is a very sensitive part of their body. You can buy little leather keepers which go over the chain to protect this sensitive part of the horse’s anatomy while wearing this bit.
  6. 6. Depending on what you feed your horse dictates how often you need their teeth to be checked. If a horse is living on grass as Lucy is trying to do now, once a year is adequate care. If you’re going to hard feed your horse and you expect them to do more, especially wear a bit, it is best to get their teeth checked more regularly. Good luck with your horses.
  7. 7. Stop by our website to find quality bits for your gentle giant.

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