Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I would just like to elaborate on my thought:
While a horse might be able to execute the techniques in a snaffle, generally speaking since the horse must be shown in a double they will be schooled in the higher movements in a double. Since the movements aren't refined in a snaffle, of course they will seem sloppier than in a double.
So - if it was 'legal' to ride in a snaffle in the upper levels, and people wanted to stick with a snaffle, would it be possible to see a horse/rider pair win at the upper levels? I think it would. If someone had a horse with enough talent and they wanted to stick with a snaffle, I really see no reason why they couldn't do the movements in a snaffle, more to the point.
If all you schooled with is a snaffle and your horse was responsive enough in that bit... do you need a double? No. Therefore it is not 100% necessary at the upper levels.
Did that make sense? Just trying to sort out my thought pattern here, bear with me please :) Again, all in friendly debate.
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 10-25-2009 at 01:21 AM.