Are "Elastic Inset" reins allowed in dressage phase?
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!
Last edited by shawneeAcres; Jul. 24, 2011 at 10:12 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.
I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.
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.
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.