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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 19, 2007

    Default bib forks?

    I'm wondering what the advantages are for using a bib fork instead of the usual running martingale. I've read that they prevent a horse from putting a foot through the straps while race jumping or if the horse falls. Any other reasons to use one? I can't say I've seen them used much in eventing but may be wrong.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 6, 2006


    I had this same question awhile back and we never figured out if they were legal or not- I love mine but switch to a normal running attachment for competing....

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 10, 2006
    Far far away


    They're great for a mouthy horse who might get a normal martingale strap caught in his jaw. They are generally only used during conditioning, in fact,
    I've never seen a jumper run in anything more than an irish martingale.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 16, 2002
    Upperville, VA


    I galloped a Fu Peg colt who LOVED to grab the bib in his mouth, rendering it useless and not the safest way to gallop or come back to the barn. A mouthy horse can that grabs the rings is not fun to be on for sure!

    Not sure why you'd want to use one for eventing, I wouldn't personally, and I have no idea if they are legal, although I believe an Irish martingale is legal, but I'm not 100% on that. I need to read the rule book
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  5. #5


    I think that they aren't used in racing partly due to the weight. Also, you are not schooling, you are racing so it's a little different. In other words, you might jump in draw reins to school an issue at home, but not compete in them. One difference is they are generally shorter than a running, and heavier, therefore they have more of an effect. Also, they limit how far apart the reins can go. That may help on a race track horse who generally steers off a bridge/cross rather than a riding horses single rein aids. I like bibs and use them all the time.

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