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The Boucher/Pelham Experiment

I’m tired of hearing speculation about whether or not the Boucher snaffle provides poll pressure.  It never made sense to me that it could, but lots of people swore by this effect.  So, I decided to test it out for myself.  I didn’t have a Boucher, so while imperfect, a Pelham had to do.  Without the curb chain, and with the reins on the snaffle ring, it’s close to the same bit.  I tried to pull the reins from every conceivable angle that could occur while riding.  As the video shows, there was a fair amount of rotation in the cheek, but only when the reins were pulled downwards did poll pressure come into play–as it will with any other bit.