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Stubben Pelham

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Why We Love This

The Stubben Pelham is designed with shorter shanks than a traditional pelham.  This reduces the leverage but allows a quicker more direct action between reins and mouthpiece allowing the rider to have a direct impact on the horse with a short and quick rein movement.    Such impact is very useful for jumping, especially when having to turn fast in between jumps.  The Stubben Pelham comes with a curb chain that can be used tightly (to increase mouth action) or loosely (to increase leverage).  Sweet Copper metal on the link offers the advantage of combining strength with a sweet taste.  While being tough, the sweet copper metal offers the main advantage of having a pleasant sweet taste, which will make the horse chew and salivate and therefore further relax and more easily accept the bit.


Favorite Features

  • Stainless Steel on cheeks and most of the mouthpiece
  • Sweet Copper metal on the link to increase acceptance of the bit
  • Designed for riders with skilled hands who wish to make light use of the hands while providing maximum results
  • Shorter shanks for more direct impact
  • Flat curb chain hooks prevent the horse's lips from being pinches
Key Specifications
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Mouthpiece Style: Snaffle
  • Cheek Style: Pelham
  • Ring Size/Shank Length: 2"
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Ingredient Amount
Available in 5", 5 1/4", 5 3/4"
14 mm thickness
2" shank
What Customers Say:
Material Stainless steel
Mouthpiece Style Snaffle
Cheek Style Pelham
Ring Size/Shank Length 2"
Thickness 14mm
Customizable No
Stubben Pelham is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Made and Effective I have a forward OTTB mare who benefits from a pelham bit from time to time. I mix this one up with a snaffle bit that looks almost identical to this bit. My mare is is super soft in this pelham and it so much more respectful under saddle. Because of this, I can actually be much softer and give her more rein than in a normal bit. She also gets nicely rounded and supple. Very well made product. I use it with the gel curb chain cover from Smartpak and only use the curb loosely.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for tuning up! My OTTB tends to get quite strong when jumping, which often led to me doing way too much with my hands. We've used this pelham for about 5 rides, and I have been able to much less and be much more still and quiet with my hands. I recently rode him in his usual KK, and he was beautifully tuned up to the softer aids. His self-carriage was better and my hands were much steadier. We'll be using the KK for dressage at shows, but we've definitely found our new jumping bit!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny We decided to try a Pelham on one of our mares who has been getting a bit strong in the jumping ring. I bought this particular bit because it was the only one that comes in the size I needed (at Smartpak).Given that we hadn't tried a Pelham yet, I was a little reluctant to spend a little more on this bit. I'm very impressed with the quality, and it has made all the difference in our mare. I'm confident that this bit will hold up for many years.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what my OTTB needed! My OTTB likes to lean against mouth pressure because that's how they're taught on the track, so I've been playing with things that add some action on other places to help her understand the new way of doing things and not make her mouth hard fighting. So far this is what she's gone the best in. I don't understand why more brands don't make double broken pelhams, because it was really hard to find one.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, effective bit This is my favorite bit. It works for my hot mare and my quiet gelding who both need a little extra in the show ring. It is very effective with the short shank for a little bit of leverage and the the chain lies very nicely under the chin. Love the design of this bit: the hooks are much better than the S-hooks and the chain never pops off. Both horses do not fuss in this bit; they accept it very well. The link is perfect for mouth anatomy. Highly recommended bit!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The unicorn I was searching for! I bought this bit crossing my fingers, saying a little prayer and sprinkled a little fairy dust for good measure... paid the over night fee and boom!! 24 hrs later Magic happened! Excellent customer service at SmartPak as always and love the return policy. The Bit is well made and exactly what my horse and I needed!
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, simple pelham I bought this to use for my mare occasionally, as she has a tendency to stop listening to me when we jump. This bit has the perfect amount of leverage, without being too intense. I love the short shank and everything is very smooth and well made. Definitely worth the price!
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short shank double jointed Pelham from Stubben My mare likes this bit. Needed something extra over fences without putting anything harsh in her mouth. Tried full cheek, slow twist etc, but mare still worried. She is like butter in this. Yeah!
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too harsh action Great quality, but a poor design for a bit. The combination of the jointed mouth piece and the curb sends conflicting signals. I highly recommend that anyone who is having training issues to use a snaffle and get a good trainer. The "brakes" this bit gives you is pain in the mouth. Smartpak has some very ethical bits for sale, and this is not one of them.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, must-have bit This is a solid, well-made bit as expected from Stubben. Worth the price tag for the quality machining (smooth connections everywhere) since this is a bit you know you'll have in your collection for good. I personally think this one is equally as good as anything more expensive like the Sprengers. Comes with a chain.
Date published: 2014-11-09
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