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    Hi everyone!

    My borrowed pony had a fantastic day at his first show and managed to come away with a first and third rosette in novice classes. Overall a brilliant day.

    I did show him in a snaffle though and noticed I was the only one in a snaffle in any of the m&m classes.

    I am planning to take him to another show next week but do I need to put him in a pelham to fit in with the rest of the seasoned showing people?
    The judge did say the snaffle looked novicey even though he went very well in it.

    The classes I am planning on doing are open ridden m&m and inhand m&m.

    If I was to do pelham, how do I do it? Do I need a new bridle?
    Which type of pelham is best?
    I've never even used double reins before...would I be able to pick it up quickly ?

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    Showing 'correct' is a double or pelham but if your horse goes better in a snaffle show him in that.
    I show my m&m in a double unless doing novice classes because he goes better.

    You could put him in a pelham it's just a normal bridle, get someone to help you and show you how to ride with double reins. It's quite easy to pick up.

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    I thought novices were supposed to be shown in snaffles !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffee Monster View Post
    I thought novices were supposed to be shown in snaffles !!
    Technically yep they are, in my county novice class there were ponies in swales pelhams.
    I assumed that it was an open mountain and moorland but I've read it properly it does say novice classes, so yep usually states on schedule snaffle for novice classes.

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    Thanks everyone.

    To clarify the classes I am entering are:

    1. Novice ridden, not to have won 3 first under saddle.
    2. Inhand m&m
    3. Ridden m&m

    I could always swap novice for best combination or open ridden but he is a novice pony as am I!

    So pelham or snaffle in light of the above?

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    You'll find most if not all will be in pelham/double for generic m&m or open m&m. But locally (& nps) the novice class should be in snaffles.

    Dont shove a pelham in just to fit in, i'd prefer to see a pony go nicely in a snaffle than resistant in a pelham 👍
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    Thanks red! He goes very nicely in his snaffle but has showed in a pelham in the past so could do either!

    I'm happy to take him in a snaffle but don't want to look the odd one out as the classes are quite expensive it would be a waste of an entry fee if he is immediately ruled out due to being in a snaffle.

    Do none of the higher level ponies wear snaffles in the ring? Just curious as to why Pelhams are the norm in showing?

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    Its silly isn't it, as a really well schooled horse should be able to go just as nicely in a snaffle, but I suspect its for the judges benefit in classes where they have to ride.
    Since they will be able to show the horse very easily in a Pelham, and not look like fools when they can't get the horse who just did a perfect go round working nicely
    Or perhaps it makes them feel that much safer when riding a strange horse.

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    Alfie goes just as well in a double as he does snaffle but the snaffle looks much nicer and does offer that little extra when on occasion he gets excitable with a herd of ponies overtaking him.

    You'll very rarely find an Open pony in a snaffle but it does happen on occasion. Think I've noticed it once this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    Dont shove a pelham in just to fit in, i'd prefer to see a pony go nicely in a snaffle than resistant in a pelham 
    Nice to see someone talking sense for a change!

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