More control needed when jumping in the hunter ring.

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  • Are figure eights aloud in the hunter ring?
  • Acceptable bits for the hunter ring

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    04-21-2012, 11:18 PM
More control needed when jumping in the hunter ring.

My daughter has major problems with her shoulder (3 surgeries) but is still riding and jumping. She does not have much strength in her arm with the bad shoulder. Her 17h Trakenher gets strong and excited when jumping and she has trouble stopping him. If he tries to run out at the jump, she doesn't have enough strength to pull him back. Any ideas of a bit that could help? She rides in a French link.
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    04-22-2012, 05:27 AM
It depends what's allowed in her classes.

If it's mostly a running out issue I'd be inclined to try a long cheek snaffle/fulmer snaffle with the same mouthpiece. This might allow a little more turning control without overbitting.

If it's more a running off issue, I'd try a stronger noseband (drop, flash or grakle) before a stronger bit, but if you think the latter would be better I'm fond of Kimblewicks (straight mouthpiece with low tongue-relief port) which'll give more control on a single rein but be fairly forgiving if the rider accidentally tugs at the horse's mouth :)

PS You call them 'Kimberwick' over there.
    04-29-2012, 08:32 PM
If she's showing in the hunters, anything but a regular noseband won't be allowed - dropped, flash, figure 8, etc.

If you wanted a little bit of extra leverage for a big strong horse, pelhams are acceptable in the hunter ring. I think french link pelhams are pretty easy to find if you wanted to keep the same mouthpiece. A friend of mine has a 17hh Trakehner x TB eventer who can be quite strong and hard to stop (I can say that from personal experience!), but she does quite well with him in a jointed rubber pelham, just like this one:

Hope that helps some! :)
    04-29-2012, 08:34 PM
I didn't word that very well...I meant that dropped, flash, or figure 8 nosebands aren't allowed in hunters. Anything but a regular plain cavesson is penalized.

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