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    02-19-2012, 05:12 PM
Dressage Bridle Guidance

I am just starting out with my OTTB in dressage. We are currently using a slow twist D ring bit and a hunt type bridle. The previous owner used this bit with my horse and he does fine with it. He has avery light mouth. I just bought a dresssage saddle and am now in search of the proper dressage bridle. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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    02-19-2012, 06:58 PM
You're aware that you'll have to ditch the slow twist if you plan on showing dressage right? Anyway, what is your price range?
    02-19-2012, 07:05 PM
Dressage bridles are black, can have a flash noseband or not, and white or black (I've even seen baby blue) are acceptable for padding along the poll and under the chin. Other than that, it's mostly down to personal preferance.

^These are acceptable snaffles for dressage; you'll have to go with a smooth mouthpiece.
    02-21-2012, 09:09 PM

Thank you so much for the info. I am aware that I will need to switch to a smooth mouth snaffle in order to show. I think I will do it now while we are in training. Thanks again!
    02-21-2012, 09:11 PM

Originally Posted by jumanji321    
You're aware that you'll have to ditch the slow twist if you plan on showing dressage right? Anyway, what is your price range?
i am aware I willneeda different bit for showing. I think I will do it sooner rather than later. I was not sure about a flash or not. I am not sure about a price range. I just to get the proper bit and bridle the first time. Thanks so much.
    02-22-2012, 08:38 AM
There is no rule that says dressage tack must be black. Plenty of used brown dressage saddles out there and no reason to not use one.

Just match the bridle to the saddle color wise.

If you want to know the exact types of bridles and bits that are legal in US dressage, the easiest thing to do is to read the rule book, specifically rule DR121


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