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post #1 of 24 Old 08-05-2010, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Two metal bit - legal in dressage competitions?

Folks, I was told that 2 metal bit cannot be used in dressage competition. And I have a feeling that I read that somewhere on Internet as well. Now this bit Mikmar Bit Company is definitely 2 different metals, but the description states "This versatile bit is suited for competition and training at all levels and is Dressage-legal. Approved for USEF/USDF dressage competitions."

So now I'm very confused.... Is it indeed legal or this statement is far from the truth?
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First of all, good question!! It took me forever to figure that out!!

Anyway, I looked at that bit, and you are right. It IS two metals! The thing about that one, though, is the fact that there is only one metal in the mouthpiece, which is what really counts. The rules, though not specifically stated, actually mean two metals in the horse's mouth, not in the overall bit! So this bit is legal, since the only metal that will be in the horse's mouth is copper.

The reason they don't allow two metals in the mouthpiece is because it encourages the horse to salivate. While you do want that, since it means the horse has a soft mouth, according to the rules the rider's softening of the hands should do that, not the bit.

I hope I didn't confuse you, sorry if I did :rotfl:

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Thanks, Shadow! What you said perfectly make sense. :)
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Great! Glad I make sense to SOMEONE! ;)

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Copper is supposed to help the horse salivate more then a steel bit (according to the Mennonite owner of the local tack store)
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Copper is supposed to help the horse salivate more then a steel bit (according to the Mennonite owner of the local tack store)
Yep, this is true. I believe sweet iron even better in this regard.
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Yep, this is true. I believe sweet iron even better in this regard.
I have both a sweet iron and a copper, and my horse salivates more with the copper lol

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I have both a sweet iron and a copper, and my horse salivates more with the copper lol
That's very interesting. To be honest I never used sweet iron (because I couldn't find the bit design my horse likes in sweet iron), but that's what number of trail riders stated to me. Well.. Good to know. I was thinking may be I'm missing something and my horses would be more happy with sweet iron.
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Uh Oh, lol, My bit is two metals, but ive been to lots of competitions, so it is legalin canada.... lol. And if it isnt i better get my butt to the tack store! im going toprovincials/regionals in a week or two!!!

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post #10 of 24 Old 08-29-2010, 11:29 AM
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As long as the mouth piece is all one metal, it's legal. The rings can be of a different metal. So this:

is legal, but this:

and this:

are not.
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