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VanillaBean 01-14-2010 07:59 PM

cc saddles? Bits?
i joined pony club and i was wondering if it is okay to use a close contact saddle in dressage (low level) so i dont have to but a dressage saddle.

it is okay to use a Dr. Bristol bit in low level dressage?


eventerdrew 01-14-2010 08:24 PM

At least in eventing and local shows, I have found that it is totally ok to use a close contact saddle if you do not have another saddle. I use my CC for dressage all the time. It's just hard because it doesn't put you in the right position.

Dr. Bristol bits are approved, from what I understand

upnover 01-14-2010 08:33 PM

You CAN show in a CC saddle. I do, even at the one rated show I did! But you should consider what your priority will be, dressage or jumping. (assuming you have a CC b/c you jump) Use what will be most beneficial for you. I do dressage to help my horse's jump better and give them time in the show ring. At this point in my life I don't care if I never master a piaffe and I don't care about the looks I get in brown tack! But if I really wanted to be serious about dressage I'd invest in another saddle.

I think Dr Bristols used to be illegal but were recently legalized? I'm not the one to ask about that... a rule book should say somewhere though!

OdinsOwn 01-14-2010 09:16 PM

The saddle is fine. When I was a pony clubber I used the same saddle for all phases. My sister also started out that way but she's spoiled so she now has separate tack for dressage or jumping :)
Bit is USEF and PC legal according to above website and PC rulebook.

VanillaBean 01-15-2010 07:23 AM

okay, good to know. thanks everyone!!


My Beau 01-15-2010 08:59 AM

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This is me at the USDF Jr/YR team championships... in a Pessoa ;)
The judges don't care as long as you get the job done!

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VanillaBean 01-16-2010 01:44 PM

alright. awesome!

~*~anebel~*~ 01-16-2010 11:19 PM

Dr. Bristol bits are illegal at nationally rated shows. Events sanctioned by other groups (ie not EC or USEF) may follow different rules. Check them.
In compettions sanctioned by the FEI, "dressage type" saddles are required. Again, check the rules of your sanctioning body.

Good luck!

MIEventer 01-23-2010 02:08 PM

*shivers at the thought of dr bristols*

They are nasty mouth pieces.

maura 01-23-2010 07:05 PM


*shivers at the thought of dr bristols*
Really? What's you're objection to Dr. bristols?

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