As most of you know, I'm in the shopping process for a dressage saddle. Scout and I are nowhere near ready to show, but I'm sure that someday we may venture into a dressage competition, and I'll need a "real" dressage bridle. In the meantime, I'm riding in the same havana hunter style snaffle bridle with a plain cavesson that I've ridden in for years. I'm not picky about things matching outside the show ring.
I notice that all "official" dressage bridles (excepting double bridles with cranks) have flash attachments. No plain cavesson nose options. I'd probably just pull the flash strap right out of it's loop, I have no need for a flash attachment. But, if I were to show that way, with the flash attachment loop on the cavesson and no flash strap, would that I be penalized for improper tack? Is there a rule that requires that flashes be used in competition? Is there some real reason why plain cavesson dressage bridles appear to not exist? My sheer curiosity takes over again...
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown