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post #21 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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I think she means double bridles in general.



I disagree with them, you shouldn't need those to maintain collection and its terrible they are actually required for higher level dressage.
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post #22 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 12:42 PM
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I don't think double bit bridels are wrong at all.
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post #23 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 01:34 PM
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I can't see anything wrong with double bridles.
Remeber, they have TWO reins, so if you just want to ride it as a snaffle, you can - there doesn't NEED to be any curb/leverage action brought into play at all
Not that there's anything wrong with that - the bit rein can be used to give far more subtle and complex cues. Compared to some of the leverage bits I've seen in other disciplines, the curb part of a double bridle is one of the gentlest things you can get.

Is it just the fact that there are two bits? I don't see an issue with that.
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You have to remember that when those Grand Prix d horses are equipped with double bridles its only for short periods of time.

this is only a small example but to make my point clearer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKQgTiqhPbw

To me this horse DOES NOT look like it's in pain or any major discomfort. I would find this bridle severe IF those horses in question were asked to work for prolonged training sessions or KURs, which is never the case.

With the finesse that is required at the GP level dressage it's understandable they are being used.
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post #25 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 06:23 PM
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I can't see anything wrong with double bridles.
Remeber, they have TWO reins, so if you just want to ride it as a snaffle, you can - there doesn't NEED to be any curb/leverage action brought into play at all
Not that there's anything wrong with that - the bit rein can be used to give far more subtle and complex cues. Compared to some of the leverage bits I've seen in other disciplines, the curb part of a double bridle is one of the gentlest things you can get.

Is it just the fact that there are two bits? I don't see an issue with that.

Thank you very much. I'm very tired of arguing about this.... blah.


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I take a huge ammount of the horse's comfort in mind when I think about double bridles. There should be no reason a horse should need TWO bits. Why not just one or the other?

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post #27 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 06:27 PM
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I take a huge ammount of the horse's comfort in mind when I think about double bridles. There should be no reason a horse should need TWO bits. Why not just one or the other?
Because when you're excecuting the upper level movements, you need that extra little edge. It is not inhumane, I've used one on both of my horses, and my mare was THE most soft-mouthed horse in the world - I rode mostly on the snaffle rein, and just picked up on the curb rein when I needed the little "listen to me" edge.
It's the best of both worlds; you can ride on the snaffle, then have the curb right there when you need it for a couple of seconds - no switching bits.
And it doesn't crowd the mouth; the bits are slightly thinner, but not at all to a point where it's wire thin.


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that was an amazing video!

The movements just blew me away. And i loved the swishing tail. Almost made it look like thats what made the horse move.
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post #29 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 06:28 PM
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that was an amazing video!

The movements just blew me away. And i loved the swishing tail. Almost made it look like thats what made the horse move.
Isn't it gorgeous? That's my all-time fave dressage video. Stunning. Too bad they didn't win.


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post #30 of 57 Old 03-12-2008, 06:33 PM
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Too bad they didn't win.
What That was amazing. It looked so effortless and that the horse was doing it all.
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