Sweet Iron bits are known for the sweet taste of the mouth piece. Besides, the bits are anatomically shaped and available in many shapes and sizes.
This double jointed Pelham is made of solid stainless steel cheeks and a mouthpiece of mild steel combined with a layer of sweet iron on the mouthpiece (blue). The sweet iron stimulates the chewing process and saliva formation. When this material reacts with moisture, warmth and air in a process called oxidation, the surface rust tastes sweet. As a result, the horse will be more willing to accept the bit. The blue colour disappears eventually, but the taste of the surface rust remains.
The anatomical design of the bit follows the shape of the horse’s mouth, which allows for a gentle and even pressure distribution. The double jointed bit consists of three parts. The middle section of the mouthpiece lies flat on the tongue, causing more pressure on the tongue than a single jointed bit would. The thicker the middle section, the more pressure it will create on the tongue. Mouthpiece thickness 14 mm, ring size 65 mm.
The longer the shanks of the Pelham, the more severe the leverage action. A Pelham bit offers four different rein positions: a single rein attached to either the middle or bottom ring, a double rein or a single rein in combination with Pelham roundings. The Pelham is used in combination with a curb chain and is considered to be a severe bit.