FEI Dressage in a snaffle

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FEI Dressage in a snaffle

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    04-16-2012, 11:35 AM
FEI Dressage in a snaffle

I don't think I've posted a video of Rowan in a long time, but we have been plugging away all winter getting up to the whole small tour (PSG and I1). Still in the snaffle.
Our national rules changed to allow snaffles at lower level shows at the FEI levels as long as the tests would not be used as qualifying scores. Of course the judge must mark on the test that the horse was ridden in snaffle. I personally am hoping that soon I'll be able to ride everywhere at all levels in a snaffle because honestly, I don't need a double on this horse, and although he goes great in one he goes the same in a snaffle and one set of reins is way easier to deal with.

Here is a video of us at a horse show this weekend, doing one of our first Intermediare I tests, enjoy!

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    04-16-2012, 12:10 PM
Nice work! Fingers crossed for snaffles for all levels.
    04-16-2012, 12:22 PM
What a lovely test! What show was it at? I recognize the arena, Amberlea is the only place that I've ever really shown at.
    04-16-2012, 12:48 PM
Woohoo for snaffles! Also - I love your helmet.
    04-16-2012, 01:06 PM
Lovely test, anabel!!
I gotta say, and this IS a compliment, your horse is listening to you SOOO WELL that if you received any points off, you can blame that on yourself and not your horse!! The work really shows that he is tuned into you. Rowan is an AWESOME horse and you can see this winter's work in this test. =D
    04-16-2012, 01:07 PM
Your future: Bridleless...

Like Rugged Lark, maybe? =b
    04-16-2012, 01:26 PM
Haha I know there are a couple missed half halts in there :P Oopsy!

Thanks everyone!!

I have actually ridden him in a bitless and we do OK in a halter but I think bridle-less is a long way in the future :P
    04-16-2012, 02:04 PM
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I am SO glad to see the trend away from the doubles. I have had precious few horses who actually needed them. All I can say is that it is about time to progress from the ancient traditions.

You and Rowan have become such nice partners and I am looking forward to seeing you two progress.
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    04-16-2012, 04:21 PM
I, too, wish snaffles were allowed in upper levels. I went to our Ohio Equine Affaire this weekend and watched a few dressage clinics with third-level riders under Todd Flettrich, and very few of the horses had doubles on. It was nice to see them working that well in the snaffle.
    04-16-2012, 04:26 PM
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Snaffles are now allowed in the UK up to GP, unfortunatly very few do so as they have to wear a double if the compete abroad.

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