Found deep in the Horse & Hound archives, but still totally relevant today, is our very own SEIB Search for a Star Judge, Richard Ramsay’s, advice on the use of a double bridle.

According to Richard Ramsay, the decision on when to introduce a double bridle depends on a horse’s way of going, rather than its age. “A horse must first be going forwards properly, accepting a snaffle bridle and engaged behind,” says the showman renowned for his horses’ lightness and self-carriage.

“Only then would I introduce a double bridle or pelham. I never put one on until I’m totally happy with the way the horse goes in a snaffle, which has little to do with age.”

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