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post #1 of 3 Old 04-29-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Crochet Bonnet and Half Pad Question

Ok so me and my gelding may be doing our first dressage show at the end of may, I was wondering if its acceptable to show with a white crochet bonnet, he gets very aggravated with flies around his ears and looses focus. Also is it ok to show with a half pad on top of your white dressage pad? I school him with a half pad. This show will be a schooling show nothing big. thanks (:
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-30-2014, 07:02 PM
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Both are fine, though I don't think I've ever seen a horse wearing a fly bonnet in dressage competition. From the Dressage Equipment handbook:

Fly hoods (ear covers) are permitted for competitions held outdoors in order to protect horses from insects. The fly hoods should be discreet and should not cover the horse’s eyes. After completion of the test, the rider or his representative is responsible for removing the fly hood to present to the designated ring steward for inspection. [I doubt you'd have to do this part at a schooling show; when this is required I assume it's to show you don't have ear plugs in underneath it]

I couldn't find a specific mention of half pads, but have personally shown in a square pad with a sheepskin half pad without issue.
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In the last Olympics there were lots of bonnets!

Ask the steward before you ride at the show - at most competitions now it is fine but there are still some rules which require you to obtain permission.

Half pads are fine, no restrictions.
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