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post #1 of 11 Old 06-20-2009, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Tail Bandages in Dressage Tests???

Hi, I'm really new at all this competition stuff, and I've got my first dressage test coming up soon. The rules say that normal plaiting of the mane and tail is allowed, but would it be compulsory???

I absolutely suck at mane and tail plaiting, but I do use tail bandages on a regular basis during my normal riding school tests. Are these allowed in the competition arena? I know that dressage tack is meant to be minimal, but for the plaiting-uncoordinated, is this an option?

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Hi, I'm really new at all this competition stuff, and I've got my first dressage test coming up soon. The rules say that normal plaiting of the mane and tail is allowed, but would it be compulsory???

I absolutely suck at mane and tail plaiting, but I do use tail bandages on a regular basis during my normal riding school tests. Are these allowed in the competition arena? I know that dressage tack is meant to be minimal, but for the plaiting-uncoordinated, is this an option?

Interesting that they allow braiding of the tail because in all competitions I am aware of the only allowable braiding is the mane. The tail must be left natural.

Any braiding of the tail or additions (bandages) will alter the way the tail is held and is a no no at least in most countries that I am aware of and for certain North America.

So Dark Equine I would not put any tail bandages on unless specified in your rules.
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I pretty sure a bandage would not be allowed. I wouldn't bother with braiding the tail, just the mane. Which horse will you be riding in the test? How exciting for you.

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You know Spyder, I have to agree about the tail being braided. Completely foreign to me as well - until I saw pictures of a friend at a Dressage Show back in B.C on the Coast.

Her horses tail was braided. I mentioned to her that it should of been left natural, and her response was that everyone there does the same thing, braid their horses tails. I thought it was weird.......

And she wore white gloves, doing Training Level. I thought that was odd too, since white gloves draw attention to your hands, and at that T.Level, that is the last thing you want to do.

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Spyder & MIEventer: Oh, really? I had no idea that you weren't allowed to braid tails. Is that only in low level comps, or everywhere? The rules for my test say that "Normal braiding/plaiting of the main and tail is allowed."

Boxer: Hey! How are you? I'll be riding Morgan. He's new to the school, and he's actually Leticia's horse, but she can't afford him just now so is paying him off in weekly installments. Sue's using him for the school until he's all paid for. She actually regrets selling him to her!!! He's VERY well educated, a little spooky, but I already trust him more than Caramel and Rio combined! He's got the most hideous trot, but his canter is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G to sit to. Soooo floaty and bouncy, smooth and almost seems to not be moving forward at all! He's a pic of me and Morgan after this afternoon's lesson. (I couldn't get any proper one's of me riding, my dad doesn't know how to operate the **** thing!)


Yes, I'm looking the wrong way, Sue and I were having a good ol' chat!!!

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MIE - you could be wearing any colour of gloves and your hands are going to be just as visible to a judge. Because they are generally attached to your arms, we can always see where they are. White gloves are classic and really complete the "look" of a dressage rider, imo. I always ride in white gloves no matter the level.

As far as for tail braiding, at least in Canada, it is legal. It is not however very orthodox to see a braided tail, but if you are very against trimming the dock of the tail and it looks like a bush, I personally would prefer to see it braided. I have never seen a tail bandaged at a show.. so I can't comment on that but I would imagine it might look a little tacky.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 02:05 AM
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cute horse. Is he a QH?

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Yeah, QH crossed with ?????
Any ideas?
He's soooo smoochy, but he trots like his legs are 10cm long!!!

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I'd say crossed with a TB. Haha I'm imagining a horse with 10cm long legs lol. When is your test?

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Lol, gotta love the mental image?
It's about 1 and 1/2 weeks away. Thurgoona's holding a mini dressage event for agisters and ARC/Pony Clubbers.
I haven't seen Becky around for a little while. Is she still posting? Or has she lost interest? Lol

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