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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I don't compete in dressage, so I wouldn't trust me completely, but I believe that running martingales are legal only in the warm-up ring, and only with a snaffle bridle. You are eliminated or severely pentaltied for using them within competition.
I mean, if you think about it- it's logical to assume that you can't use them. The whole idea of dressage is to communicate with your horse as deftly and effortlessly as possible, with as few artifical aids as possible. The horse should work off of your seat and your legs, not your hands. A running martingale is a gimmick that creats false flexation and positioning, and is not truely using your aids to balance and control a horse. Thus it would be worthless to have them...
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