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    05-31-2008, 07:17 PM
western horse show question

My friend wanted me to ask this...

She's going to be going to a county fair and entering in some western shows. The horse she is going to be riding is a 10 year old Paint mare named Star...with a bit in her mouth she's really energetic and won't back up to save her life...
But with a halter on (no bridle or bit) she goes really slow and listens perfectly.

Is she allowed to use a halter for a western show? Or is it bridle only?
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    05-31-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm really not certain on it, but I think a hackamore or bosal (is that the right term) would be more acceptable than a halter
    06-02-2008, 03:04 PM
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At 10 she has to show in a bridle w/ a bit in her mouth.
    06-02-2008, 04:35 PM
Is there any way she could get a different bit?
I think a hackamore is a better idea...but then again if she has to show in a bit then just try it anyway?
    06-02-2008, 08:21 PM
Green Broke
If it's *just* a county fair, she would probably be able to get away with a hackamore...or bosal. (unless they have jr. Horse classes or something like that to categorize the age groups)

Unfortuneately, she would probably get dq'd for a halter+reins.

Have her check the rules on the show bill - they are usually pretty straight forward (and if theres no rule against it, in my book it's allowed :) )
    06-03-2008, 11:31 AM
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Find out what rules they are going by... like here the show billets will say VHSA rules apply (virginia horse association) or BHSA... Battlefield hrose association or... AQHA Rulles apply ect.... you know the drill.....
    06-03-2008, 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84
at 10 she has to show in a bridle w/ a bit in her mouth.
Depending on the show, yes.
    06-05-2008, 03:22 PM
Our county fair follows the National Horse Show rules - horses 5 and under can show in either a snaffle or a bosal, horses OVER 5 must be in a shanked bit - NO EXCEPTIONS. Mechanical hackamores are strickly prohibited, as they are considered cruel. Now, mind you, we are in CA, but I think most fairs must follow their state rules too. Look up your state Fair Horse Show rules for definite answers.
    07-28-2008, 12:06 AM
In my experience (arabs and half arabs) generally the rules are once a western horse has shown in a curb it can't be shown in a snaffle or bossal. Saddleseat horses can't be shown in a snaffle after they have been shown in a double. And hunter junior horses have to be in a snaffle but can be shown in a snaffle or kimberwick once they are out of junior horse and can be switched around. But if its a county fair its likely they won't care what you go in as long as its not illegial

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