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post #1 of 6 Old 06-11-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question English Bit question?

I've got a question for about bits that are allowed at shows for the flat and over fences classes. I personally use a snaffle but my new neighbor (I love having another horsey kid around! She moved in during January) uses a bit I've never seen before, it has a port, but theres a joint on either side of it and is just like this: FES Copper Correction D-ring with Hooks in Correction / Ported Snaffles at Schneider Saddlery
She joined my 4-H club and plans on showing in flat and over fences classes, also showing at the local shows we have around here, she said she thinks that it would be fine to show in because her horse is 'dull' in a snaffle, but I'm not sure. I'm curious if that bit is allowed at any shows in general, her horse is finished for western too so she has a regular solid bit for him in those classes, could that be a reason she uses the ported English bit? Is this a normal bit for a finished English horse and I've never known it? Her mom taught her everthing she knows horse-wise, so does that have anything to do with it? Her horse is half Arab, half Quarter and around 8 years old, is there different rules for those breed shows?
I'm planning on asking my 4-H horse leader about it, but kinda wanted some extra knowledge/opinions before I went-I don't wanna look like an idiot asking about something that's totally normal.
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That bit would not be allowed in dressage competitions (which I am most familiar with since that's what I ride) but I wouldn't be too surprised if it were allowed in jumping/cross country as they tend to allow more types of bits. To really know, though, you'd have to find out if 4-H has their own ruleset for allowed tack/equipment or if they're following something else (FEI rules, for example)
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That bit would not be allowed in dressage competitions (which I am most familiar with since that's what I ride) but I wouldn't be too surprised if it were allowed in jumping/cross country as they tend to allow more types of bits. To really know, though, you'd have to find out if 4-H has their own ruleset for allowed tack/equipment or if they're following something else (FEI rules, for example)
Thanks for your reply! Ill be sure to ask what rules the 4-H horse program follows when I ask.
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Speaking from my knowledge of USEF and USHJA sanctioned/recognized shows, that bit it completely legal. Only recently have you been allowed to use a bit with hooks but there are many different styles of bits have ports that are, and have been for a while, legal. But you should check with your 4-H leader.
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Speaking from my knowledge of USEF and USHJA sanctioned/recognized shows, that bit it completely legal. Only recently have you been allowed to use a bit with hooks but there are many different styles of bits have ports that are, and have been for a while, legal. But you should check with your 4-H leader.
I have checked with my 4-H leader since I posted this, She and I checked the USEF rule book (those are the rules we follow in 4-H) and it is legal. Thanks for replying though! :)
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