What Bits Are Legal for Dressage

Myler is more than just bits; The Myler system is a whole new way to understand how your horse`s mouth teeth work. Ron, Dale and Bob Myler are third-generation riders who have developed a theory of tongue relief and tongue pressure by training their own horses. Their unique mouthpiece designs and innovative cheeks give the rider excellent communication with the horse and allow the horse to relax in the bridle. “Myler recommends that the horse be trained at home in the set of Myler teeth best suited to his individual needs in order to continue his training comfortably. The horse must then perform the dressage test in the most appropriate part of the dressage law. In the past, only a handful of Myler mouthpieces were accepted under FEI and British dressage (BD) rules, but this was relaxed when changes to the 2017 saddle rules and rules came into effect, meaning a much wider range is now approved for use in competitive dressage. As a test, the rider can soften the contact, and the horse will maintain the pressure and follow the bit down. The horse does not need to have its head perfectly perpendicular to the ground; In dressage competitions, it is acceptable to have your nose slightly in front of the vertical. Flange drills These are the same as the flange parts allowed for lower-level dressing, with the addition of rotating drills with rotating centerpieces and loop rings. e. A chest plate may be used. For drawings of authorized nose tips and strips, see Appendix 1 on the Association for Approved Bits for National Competitions website. The bits allowed for a particular test are specified for each test.

Do you want to change the orientation of your horse for the new season? Be sure to read the rules to familiarize yourself with what is acceptable for each step. In this month`s regular recall, we emphasize acceptable grip for dressage. The text was taken directly from the USEF`s rules of versatility, with emphasis added by USEA. Gags and hackamores are allowed for cross-country as well as other unconventional types of bits. In the dressing phase, flange parts made of metal, leather, plastic or rubber are allowed. No bit guards are allowed. Double flanges with Cavesson nasal bands are allowed for some tests. There are no specifications for acceptable tips under the USEF Jumper Regulations, but there are guidelines for the use of traction reins and martingales. The decision as to which wick works best for your individual horse should be made in consultation with an experienced trainer and trainer. Understanding how teeth behave is only wise for the driver.

The usual rules, at what level of competition you can use a double bridle, overlapping verses in a bridle, still apply. Other considerations Mouthpieces should be smooth with a solid surface. This means that any twisted thread or bit is considered illegal. Only one rolling piece is allowed on a mouthpiece. The tips can be made of flexible rubber or covered with rubber or plastic. However, they cannot be modified by the addition of other materials and must match the contours of a traditional flange described in the lists above. If a double-articulated dentition or flange is shaped with a rotating mouthpiece to allow relief of the tongue, the maximum height of the deviation is 30 mm, and the widest part of the deviation in the shape of the wick must be above the tongue so that the tongue is pressure-free and has a minimum width of 30 mm. The center link of a double-jointed mouthpiece may be aligned differently from the mouthpiece, but must have rounded edges. For all horses, the diameter of the rings or jaws must be at least 10 mm. Ninety percent of a horse`s training leads the horse to understand exactly what you want it to do.

In general, horses are generous and voluntary creatures that want to please us; Very rarely, they intentionally misbehave. Horses don`t go out and say, “Let`s make mom (or dad`s) life miserable today by walking as badly as possible – most prefer to do the right thing as long as they know what it is. These pieces are legal for training for FEI. As a general rule, most federations reflect their rules outside the FEI rules, but not always. You can check if your piece is legal by consulting the appendix on the dressage of your club. Google is ideal for this. Dressage from the middle to the next levelIn the dressage of the third and fourth levels, a double bridle is optional. The RDI test requires the bit types listed in this section.

For double flanges, there is both bridoon (a flange used with a curb bit to form a double flange) and sidewalk strands to consider. The wide range of mouthpieces is designed to ensure that each horse is tailored to its specific needs. Myler tips are designed to maintain communication through comfort and relaxation so that the signal to the horse as well as the reward can be clear. b. A double flange with Cavesson nose band, i.e. a bridle and curb strands with pavement chain (metal or leather or overalls), is allowed for some tests. The cover of the sidewalk chain can be leather, rubber or sheepskin. Horses have to walk on the bit in some equestrian disciplines, such as dressage. However, all horses mounted on contact are generally encouraged to go on the teeth, as this not only allows them to respond better to the rider`s aids, but also allows them to move more athletically when the animal lifts its back and brings its ankles further under its body.

Myler pieces are popular with riders of all disciplines, but with a wide range of different cheek styles and mouthpieces, it`s no surprise that some riders don`t know which parts are “legal.” Heidi Turner-Day, Biting expert and Myler trader from Fox Saddlery in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, says: “Myler bits are classified according to their action, rider skill and horse training programme. The Jägerring allows flanges, pelhams or complete flanges. The judge has the right to punish, but not eliminate, a hunter`s gag or kimberwick among other unconventional bridles, pelhams or complete bridles. Three ring bits, gags (other than a hunter`s gag) and other similar pieces are considered illegal for the hunting ring under USEF regulations. Sprenger Satinox tips are the high-quality counterpart to anatomically shaped stainless steel tips. Former British dressage champion Nicky Barrett uses all of the above legal dressage parts to compete, as well as the Myler-approved double bridles. She is a fan of the recently approved Myler gun in dressage, which has a curved mouthpiece with a 1 1/2-inch port side and a central leg. Lucinda Fredericks and Anna Ross are also Myler fans. The dressage regulations are very extensive for authorized and unauthorized parties in dressage. The level at which you compete has a lot to do with what is considered acceptable or allowed. The following Myler bridles are now legal in dressage, although hooks, slits in cheek rings that hold the teeth of the horse`s tongue when no pressure is applied, are not allowed under FEI/BD rules. There are strict rules about what is considered an acceptable part of dressage under USEF regulations, while other equestrian disciplines vary in what is considered acceptable.

The USEF regulations for the Jumper Division have no specifications for the pieces, while the regulations for the Hunter Division only mention in passing what is allowed. If you invest in equestrian equipment, it is worth buying legal equipment in the discipline in which you want to ride or in which you want to ride. Part of responsible horse stewardship is considering the ethical aspect of choosing the right equipment, as well as what is allowed by USEF regulations and what is best for your horse. Sprenger Loose Ring Bridle Dynamic RS Single Joint 40421 Thickness: 14mm Rings: 70mm 2. Lip band and rubber or leather covers for the sidewalk chain are optional. The following restrictions start at 15:00 the day before the start of the competition and will apply for the duration of the event. Mandatory are: an English saddle and any form of bridle, including double bridle, bridle, gag or hackamores. Martingales with reins stops, Irish martingales, bit guards, boots, bandages, fly shields, nose covers and seat covers are allowed. Side reins are only allowed when lanyarding an unridden horse, as are racing reins and champons.

Other martingales, any form of gadget (such as bearings, bearing or balancing reins, etc.) and any form of blinders are prohibited under penalty of disqualification. 4. The lever arm of the sidewalk bit is limited to 10 cm (length under the mouthpiece). Regardless of the level at which a horse competes, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions about its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equestrian athletes for over two decades. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a specialization in sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until she joined the team at Penn Vet`s New Bolton Center Field Service in 2013.