Can you show WP in a sidepull?

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Can you show WP in a sidepull?

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    07-16-2012, 08:47 PM
Can you show WP in a sidepull?

I have 3 year old gaited gelding who I may start showing western/gaited pleasure next year. We currently ride in a double rope nose sidepull.
I know the rules around here are snaffle if under 6, shanked if older thank 6, no gag, no combo bits, no twisted, no chain, no poky tortue devices, no mechanical hackamores, but bosals are acceptable. I have never seen if a sidepull is accepted or not? I wouldn't consider it a mechanical hackamore, but it's not a bosal either.
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    07-16-2012, 08:50 PM
It would be up to the judge or the folks who are running the show. The best way to find out would be to call whoever is in charge and ask. Since a sidepull is neither a mechanical hack nor a bosal, it may simply need to be decided on.
    07-17-2012, 01:00 AM
For open shows, I'd say go for it. Otherwise I would take the time to invest training your horse in a snaffle and showing him in a bosal. You won't get the same performance out of it, in my opinion. And if the horse can't go in a simple snaffle, you really have no business showing without that kind of control. :/ But I don't know the rules of gaited shows, so I wouldn't be able to answer your question.
    07-17-2012, 11:04 AM
Unless the show or judge declares that training tack and aids are allowed, the answer is no.
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