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post #1 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Bridle Confusion

I have a trial coming up this weekend and I've been working my pony in a competition micklem.I know the bridle is legal in USDF,but only my division has a USDF dressage test,can I still use the micklem?also would I be allowed to use the clips on it for a loose ring snaffle?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-12-2012, 07:39 AM
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i have no idea, but im curious to hear answers !

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Edited to research this better.
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First things first. USDF does not have a rulebook under which dressage tests are run. The USDF runs its tests under USEF DR (dressage) rules. So those are the rules that apply to your bridle. And a Micklem bridle is indeed legal under USEF DR rules.

If this HT is being run under USEF rules, you are good to go with the Micklem.

EV115.2a says: The following are compulsory: an English type saddle and a permitted bridle.

So the phrase "permitted bridle" means to me any bridle permitted by USEF DR121

When you look in the USEF DR rulebook, you find this in page 31:
6. Micklem Bridle. Permitted for use at any level where snaffles are permitted. Not permitted for use as a double bridle. Bit clips may not be used with this bridle.

Note the last sentence, which answers your question re bit clips.

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I just saw someone using a Micklem last weekend at a Horse trial

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Thank you so much!now all I have to do Is ride him a few times without the clips before sunday
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