The rider is not permitted to use rough, or abrupt aids or apply constant unyielding pressure on the horse’s mouth through a fixed arm and hand position
Okay that confuses me. How are they going to tell if you are applying constant pressure to the horse? I mean aren't our hands and arms suppose to be mostly still anyway? Where are they going to draw the fine line?
All training sessions, including pre-competition warm-up, may only be performed in the official training arena while under the supervision of stewards. Use of a training arena outside the official training period, and/or in an unsupervised arena, may at the discretion of the Ground Jury lead to the rider’s disqualification.
Well that just throws me all kinds of off. What about those of us who know we have barn sour/buddy sour horses and need to get away from everybody to have a proper and stress free warm-up (since if the stewards think we or the horse are stressed now they can ask us to stop riding)?
RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft