Originally Posted by MySerenity
I thought I knew exactly where to find this for you but did not find what I wanted...
SUBCHAPTER HU-4 ATTIRE, TACK AND EQUIPMENT.
HU125 Tack. 1. Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with cavesson nose bands,
Are recommended. A judge may penalize for non-conventional types of bits
2. Competitors may be refused an award unless they return to the ring for conformation or soundness with the same complete bridle in which they have performed.
3. Martingales of any type are prohibited in Under Saddle, hack and tie-breaking
Classes. Standing martingales are allowed for all over fence classes. All other martingales may be considered unconventional. https://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2013/17-HU.pdf
There is also a rule section for jumpers... but I don't see anything about bits in there.
Don't know if this helps
Thats the same problem I was having - there doesn't appear to be any iinformationas to what is actually allowed or not allowed.
In NZ the discipline is called Show Hunter - the horse is judged on the quality of the round as it is in USA.
The riders may use a snaffle but they may not use a Baucher (Hanging Cheek) or a Dutch gag. They can have a Pelham (one or two reins) or a Kimblewick but not an Uxeter (slotted Kimblewick).
Someone who set the rules has decided that a Baucher has poll pressure which is incorrect. I am currently trying to get them to change the rules to allow the Baucher.
I also have pointed out that the snaffle rein action on the Pelham is identical to that of the Baucher but they can't see this.
And that the action of the curb rein generates poll pressure - the reason they don't want the Baucher.
And finally that the Uxeter is just really a one rein mild form of the curb of a pelham!
At least they have taken out the silly rule about a Fulmer snaffle that they also declared had poll pressure!