Halter vs bridle in halter class?

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Halter vs bridle in halter class?

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    07-17-2013, 10:40 PM
Halter vs bridle in halter class?

I've been showing my mare for a few years in halter classes; two years ago I began using an English bridle with the reins laying on her neck and a leather lead line instead of a halter, it accents her neck and shoulders. One judge last year told me it was not correct to use a bridle to show in. What do you all think?
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    07-17-2013, 10:46 PM
Depends on the bed and the class, I believe. I've shown in halter classes with horses who had on bridles. They were typically Morgans, Friesians, or gaited of some type. I always show in an Arabian show halter because that's the breed rule (as far as I know).
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    07-17-2013, 11:17 PM
Green Broke
My take on things (I've been out of the show scene for quite some time now so take this with a grain of salt) is that, in the open or multi-breed shows, if the handler is dressed 'western' then the horse wears a halter; if the handler is dressed 'english' then it can be a bridle and you use the reins to lead (no lead line). There may be some rules/guidelines in place with breed specific shows.
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    07-18-2013, 12:48 AM
Bridle = English
Halter = western
You are never supposed to use a lead-line on a bridle while showing.
    07-18-2013, 09:40 PM
OK, thanks for the feed back. No lead line, just bridle I guess.
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    07-18-2013, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
When I showed it was western/halter and English/bridle. As jumanji explained
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