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post #1 of 12 Old 07-15-2014, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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I show in Jumpers, but mine horse does better in a sidepull.
Can I show my horse in a sidepull? Will I be penalized?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-15-2014, 09:04 PM
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I show in Jumpers, but mine horse does better in a sidepull.
Can I show my horse in a sidepull? Will I be penalized?
I'm not in the show circuit, so not much help there. I only ride bitless, however, and so have to say, best of luck with jumping, and kudos to you! :)
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My thoroughbred is the same way but with just a hackamore. So thanks to the advice of my trainer who helps organize the circuit down here in texas I have taken a wintec brand head stall and placed the hackamore nose piece on it and no points will be taken off. :) good luck
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I show in Jumpers, but mine horse does better in a sidepull.
Can I show my horse in a sidepull? Will I be penalized?


Yes, a sidepull is legal. You will be fine.
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Not in Kentucky. KHJA (Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association) just made riding in the Jumpers ring with a sidepull illegal (to my displeasure). I would check your local rulebook.

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Check with your showing agency because organizations and shows differ. We could totally be giving you the wrong information without meaning to.
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Not in Kentucky. KHJA (Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association) just made riding in the Jumpers ring with a sidepull illegal (to my displeasure). I would check your local rulebook.
That is absurd!

I went to the website with the new rulebook and didn't see this.

http://khja.org/pdf/rule_book.pdf

Can anyone find it?
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Not in Kentucky. KHJA (Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association) just made riding in the Jumpers ring with a sidepull illegal (to my displeasure). I would check your local rulebook.

Do they allow any kind of hackamore or bitless bridle? I find this really strange. What's the purpose of banning them?
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I agree, it is absurd. I was showing my Arabian mare, Diamond when I was told I couldn't because I rode her in the sidepull.
The bitting and harnessing rules aren't in that book, Ms. Finch, which is why you didn't see it.
My trainer is on the Board of Directors. I will ask her about it for you guys, though I'm almost sure that they were banned either last year or year before that.

Hackamores are legal, I don't think bitless bridles are. Trust me, I'm NOT a fan of the rule, and I hope I am wrong.

EDIT:: Got her response.
"Certain hackamores are (legal) but within regulations. Not Hunters or Eq though (as in, they are only allowed in the jumper ring)." Asking about sidepulls specifically now.

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I agree, it is absurd. I was showing my Arabian mare, Diamond when I was told I couldn't because I rode her in the sidepull.
The bitting and harnessing rules aren't in that book, Ms. Finch, which is why you didn't see it.
My trainer is on the Board of Directors. I will ask her about it for you guys, though I'm almost sure that they were banned either last year or year before that.

Hackamores are legal, I don't think bitless bridles are. Trust me, I'm NOT a fan of the rule, and I hope I am wrong.

EDIT:: Got her response.
"Certain hackamores are (legal) but within regulations. Not Hunters or Eq though (as in, they are only allowed in the jumper ring)." Asking about sidepulls specifically now.
Well, that makes sense. Bitless has never been appropriate in hunters or Eq. It was the claim that they were illegal in JUMPERS that made me react. Seems they are OK there, still?
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