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rileydog6 04-11-2012 10:57 PM

Bridle Confusion
I have a trial coming up this weekend and I've been working my pony in a competition micklem.I know the bridle is legal in USDF,but only my division has a USDF dressage test,can I still use the micklem?also would I be allowed to use the clips on it for a loose ring snaffle?

gypsygirl 04-12-2012 07:39 AM

i have no idea, but im curious to hear answers !

mildot 04-12-2012 07:47 AM

Edited to research this better.

mildot 04-12-2012 08:01 AM


First things first. USDF does not have a rulebook under which dressage tests are run. The USDF runs its tests under USEF DR (dressage) rules. So those are the rules that apply to your bridle. And a Micklem bridle is indeed legal under USEF DR rules.

If this HT is being run under USEF rules, you are good to go with the Micklem.

EV115.2a says: The following are compulsory: an English type saddle and a permitted bridle.

So the phrase "permitted bridle" means to me any bridle permitted by USEF DR121

When you look in the USEF DR rulebook, you find this in page 31:

6. Micklem Bridle. Permitted for use at any level where snaffles are permitted. Not permitted for use as a double bridle. Bit clips may not be used with this bridle.

Note the last sentence, which answers your question re bit clips.

eventerdrew 04-12-2012 12:38 PM

I just saw someone using a Micklem last weekend at a Horse trial

rileydog6 04-12-2012 03:21 PM

Thank you so much!now all I have to do Is ride him a few times without the clips before sunday:D

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