Aug 2017 - case study and use of the pelham
The case study subjects of this and next month's videos, Laura McCann, Heather Moffett's current student, and her 7 yr old KWPN x Connemara mare, Heidi. This month is part one, the "before" of "before and after" and showing their progress. As Laura is now able to stay for another month, we are continuing the filming to show further improvement.
They is still work in progress and yes, Heidi is in a pelham with a mullen mouthpiece and elastic curb strap, but is getting steadier on the contact by the day. One of the films this month will be an in depth look at why we use the pelham. There is no way that there would be this much improvement in a snaffle, as Heidi was very resistant and hollow, and yes it could be seen as a quick fix, but it allows long term progress to be made. Heidi will eventually go back into a snaffle to compete, if Laura wants to compete below elementary, but in the double once at elementary level. She will still be lighter as she learns to take the weight back and off the shoulders.
For those who will undoubtedly comment adversely, remember that William Fox Pitt starts all his young horses in a pelham, before going to a snaffle as he finds they are lighter and more accepting, from the start! This month's also includes the full video of use and fitting of the pelham.
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