I put out some feelers to the competition world (USEF, letters to the editors of horse magazines, etc) and the responses were utterly incongruous. Some said "your horse won't respond as well and you will have an unfair disadvantage" while others said, "You will have an unfair advantage." The reasoning doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I'm hopeful that people will come around! People have performed beautiful dressage hitless. It's practice and training, not the equipment.
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