View Full Version : Are "Elastic Inset" reins allowed in dressage phase?
Jul. 24, 2011, 09:50 PM
Looked in USEA rulebook and could not find this. A student of mine has a pair of reins with elastic inset just behind the buckle attaching the reins to the bit, has a leather piece "backing" it if you understand what I mean. It seems I read somewhere that if there is a leather back, i.e. the rein is all leather with the elastic inset "on top" of the leather that it is allowed. Does anyone know for certain, thanks!
Jul. 24, 2011, 09:57 PM
Are the reins attached directly to the bit rings?
Jul. 24, 2011, 10:14 PM
Yes the reins are directly attached and are all leather, but there is a piece of elastic just behind where the bit attached with the leather still a solid pice, hard to describe
Jul. 24, 2011, 10:19 PM
I know the type of rein you're talking about, and I don't think they're allowed. IMO, that is sort of "cheating" even if it is allowed... that takes away the truly elastic, sympathetic connection riders need by sticking elastic in there.
ETA: Not saying using them is cheating if they *are* even allowed, but it seems to me like it's taking shortcut in the training of the rider.
Jul. 24, 2011, 10:21 PM
No. Not allowed
Jul. 24, 2011, 10:30 PM
OK then waht I read at one time must have been for dressage not for "eventing dressage". This guy hasn't got the best, most sympathetic hands and these reins work quite well schooling his horse, but I did not 'recommend them' he just bought them. I will let him know not to use them in his upcoming event (maiden level unrecognized) to be safe as I do not want him eliminated.
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Jul. 25, 2011, 07:42 AM
Per the manufacturer (obviously not the best source of legality advice) they are not legal for eventing dressage, but are for the jumping phases, as well as regular dressage.
Jul. 25, 2011, 07:47 AM
It would be nice to see an actual rule pertaining to this, not saying that is not the case, but I searched the USEA rulebook and found nothing in regards to it.
Jul. 25, 2011, 08:18 AM
They are understood to be included here:
Martingales, bit guards, any kind of gadgets (such as bearing, side, running or balancing reins, etc.), reins with any loops or hand attachments
Jul. 25, 2011, 08:21 AM
Rein aids ARE LEGAL for the eventing JUMPING phases? That's so funny that milk just came out of my nose.
Jul. 25, 2011, 08:59 AM
I knew Rein Aid inserts weren't legal, but thought Rein Aid reins were. But this was from many years ago.
Would the O'Connors pimp something that wasn't legal for competition? ;)
Jul. 25, 2011, 10:46 AM
Yes, I was under the impression that as long as it's in once piece it's allowed, at least in the jumping phases. The rules state that the rein must attach directly to the bit (except in the case of pelham rounders), which would make the rein-aid inserts that attach to the reins and then to the bit illegal, not not a one-piece rein.