Are bitless bridles legal in AQHA shows?

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    06-03-2012, 04:21 PM
Are bitless bridles legal in AQHA shows?

Are bitless bridles or Hackamores legal in shows with AQHA rules? I don't have a rulebook, and I'm really interested in switching to bitless altogether for reasons, but I wasn't sure if it's legal to show in? I go to local shows, where most of them go by AQHA rules, and I don't own a rulebook or whatever, so I just decided to post it on here .
Thanks in advance! :)
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    06-03-2012, 08:57 PM
Yes and no. Per AQHA:
"Horses 5-years-old and younger may be shown in a snaffle bit, hackamore, curb bit, half-breed or spade bit. Horses 6-years-old and older may only be shown in a curb bit, half-breed or spade bit. Any horse of any age shown in any novice youth or novice amateur class may be shown two handed with a snaffle bit." (AQHA Handbook, pg 135)

Read more: Tips & Answers, please! :D

And the poster right under that reminded me that by hackamore AQHA means a bosal with mecate. You can use a mechanical one in speed events though.

Saw your thread and my mind skipped right back to that thread from a few weeks ago. ;)
    06-03-2012, 08:59 PM
Depends on the class and the age of your horse. You can download the rulebook here:

AQHA: AQHA Handbook

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