whip length and girth length?
I bought a dressage whip at the horse expo this past weekend since I use one in my lessons and I like to have my own stuff(plus it's hard to find a good one at the lesson barn, some have no tops and others have no ends) My instructor said that it's probably too long to show with tho. She told me to be careful I didn't accidentally use it while riding(which I didn't have a problem with). I'm just wondering what length should I get for showing? The one I got is probably about 4' long. Would it ever be acceptable to show with that length? I'm wondering if maybe it depends on the length of the horse, my TB is quite a bit longer then the lesson horse. She said it was fine for schooling since I used it well.
Now my other question. How far up on each side should a dressage girth come? I want to get a new girth for my mare, the current one is a 28" and I'm wondering if it should be a bit shorter.
I don't have any pics with the current saddle and girth, but I have a pic of my mare with her old dressage saddle and old girth, which was also a 28"
http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_4198.jpg The billets on my new saddle are a bit longer, but I don't think that really matters does it?
Here is the new saddle sitting on my mare(I know it's a bit too forward) to give an idea of the billets.
I don't know where you live or if you show but this is from the USEF rulebook:
"10. The following whips are permitted for schooling only: One whip no longer than 47.2.
inches (120 cm), including lash, may be carried by the rider when mounted. One lungeing
whip is permitted only when lungeing. There is no restriction on the length of whip permitted
for working a horse in hand. One whip no longer than 47.2 inches (120 cm) including
lash may be carried in all classes except USEF/USDF Championships, USEF National
Dressage Championships, USEF High Performance Championships, USEF High
Performance qualifying and selection trials, and observation classes. (Exception: Competitors
riding sidesaddle may carry a whip no longer than 47.2 inches (120 cm), including lash, in
USEF/USDF Championships.) One whip no longer than 47.2 inches (120 cm), including
lash may be carried in all qualifying classes (including NAYRC and NAJC) unless such use is
otherwise prohibited by FEI or Federation rules or selection procedures for the classes.
However, when a whip is permitted for FEI Pony Tests, the maximum length is 100 cm (1
meter).BOD 1/14/12 Effective 2/1/12
An adjustable-length whip may not be carried by a
mounted rider. "
I'll have to measure my whip, but I think it may exceed the 47.2" max, oh well, it was only $7 and still good for schooling, now I know the maxium length I need :-)
If it was sold as a 'dressage whip' it should be in regulation. The whip should reach behind your heel, where it's supposed to be used.
As for your girth, the one you have looks fine. If there's not a hole high enough for it on your billets, it needs to be shorter. I fit mine so the girth comes to the middle of the shoulder.
Since the billets on my new saddle are so long, I'm thinking maybe I'll get a size smaller and get the 26" :-) Thanks
To the bolded part - sorry but no that is a terrible assumption to make.
Tack shops have no idea about what is legal or illegal and for the most part neither do manufacturers.
Always, always double check your rule book and measure everything. "Well the tack shop lady said..." or "Oh it was sold as a dressage whip" will not keep you from getting eliminated.
Good luck at your shows!
but it's really hard to tell from that pic, and it's way too cold out to go out to the car to get it lol.
Since I now know you can show with a whip, if this one is too long I'll just get a shorter one for shows(if I can afford a show this year lol).
On another note, showing is CRAZY expensive! I asked my instructor the other week and just to use the lesson horse is $50 and then mandatory coaching if using the lesson horse is $60, plus how ever much the test costs :shock:. I would love to show on my mare, but we just aren't ready for that kind of pressure yet. We tend to feed off each others nerves when away from our comfort zone :?
Yep, showing is certainly pricey.
I've got State Champs coming up in a couple of months, we are now paying $50/test, plus a $40 admin fee, $20 swabbing levy, $10 federation levy and stabling/camping fees.
So I finally measured the whip and it's 48" (4') without the tail(whatever the end is called lol) and 53" with it. So looks like I will be buying a new one for if I show :-)
Didn't know that Dressage whips came in different lengths, BUT, using logic, it should depend upon the body length of your horse and if you can encourage your horse with the whip without having to lean or tip your body, hence your weight. The whip is always an extension of your arm anyway.
Therefore, your whip should be long enough for you to reach the flank without rotating your body right or left. If you cannot do this, then you need a longer whip.
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