Elliptical Link Pelham Stainless Steel Bit
Double jointed pelham with lozenge. The lozenge encourages a softer contact. The lozenge eliminates a softer contact. The curb chain on this bit helps with control. A pelham also provides slightly more leverage as your normal snaffle. Can be used with rein connectors. Used for general riding.
It has elements of both a curb bit and a snaffle bit. In this respect a Pelham bit functions similar to a double bridle. A Pelham works on several parts of a horse's head, depending on which rein is applied. The mouthpiece acts when either the snaffle or curb rein is applied and puts pressure on the bars, tongue, and lips of the horse. The curb chain and design of the mouthpiece can alter the degree of pressure placed on the horse's mouth. The roof of the mouth is affected if the bit mouthpiece of the Pelham has a high port or if it is jointed. Pressure on the poll occurs when the curb rein is engaged, and pressure is directly related to the length of the upper shank (purchase arm) in relation to the lower shank (lever arm). All Pelham’s apply some pressure on the poll. Pressure is applied to the chin groove by the curb chain when the curb rein is used. Direct rein pressure from the snaffle rein may put some pressure on the sides of the horse's mouth, depending on the specific bit design.
The double jointed bit is one of the mildest mouthpieces, the two joints reduces the nutcracker effect which is found in single-jointed bits, and encourage relaxation in the horse. The bit applies pressure to the lips, tongue, and bars of the mouth.
Stainless steel bits may become dull over time, but can be cleaned and polished repeatedly without worrying about ruining the finish of the bit. Stainless steel bits are strong and will last a very long time. There's no particular flavour, so most horses won't object to the flavour of stainless steel. Stainless Steel bits also take a longer time to heat up than other bits, this has to do with the conductivity of the metal.