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The Mullen Pelham is an incorporation of the Weymouth and bradoon, and should theoretically be used with 2 reins, the first rein attached to the snaffle rein, and the second rein attached to the ring at the bottom of the shank. When the first rein is used the Pelham acts like a hanging cheek snaffle, putting slight pressure on the poll and whilst using even pressure across the tongue. Once the curb rein is engaged the leverage and lip pressure are increased as well as activating the curb chain. The greater the shank length the more leverage is applied.
Thanks to the ported mouthpiece the horse's tongue gets enough space because of the flattened area on the port. Many horses react to this with more relaxation and chewing. Therefore this bit is perfect for horses that won't tolerate pressure on the tongue and react with head shaking and such. This bit is a good choice for horses that like to play with their tongue and get it over the bit. The port will help to prevent that by removing centre tongue pressure.