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When Curb Bits Are Compulsory

Question

Why do we use doubles?

 

Information

It is compulsory in the show ring once out of novice classes that the horse should be in a curb bit i.e. doubles (Weymouth and Bridoon) or a Pelham.  Doubles are also still a requirement in dressage under FEI rules when competing at the higher levels.

 

 

We Say-
The doubles consist of the Weymouth (curb bit) and snaffle (bridoon).  Bridoon simply means a slimmer mouthpiece usually incorporating a smaller ring for neatness.  The action of the Weymouth (curb bit) simplified is such that it causes the horse to soften at the poll, lower the head and bring the nose in – this helps produce a rounder outline and allows us to transfer more weight behind lightening the forehand enabling more advanced movements.  The bridoon works in exactly the same fashion as an ordinary snaffle.  It promotes lift from the shoulder whilst encouraging the horse to relax, lengthen the neck and stretch into the contact.

 

Resources

Introducing Doubles

Pelhams vs Doubles

Pelhams

Weymouths

How To Measure A Fixed Cheek Correctly

Correctly Fitting A Fixed Cheek Bit

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