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    Default Bitless EVER allowed in dressage?

    This would be for a medical reason. Horse has a broken tooth root on the bottom in the first molar, which is right next to where any bit will bounce on it and give him trouble. He's had it for years, and his vets have said that removing the tooth before it's absolutely necessary could lead to other complications that would make things much worse than they are now. It's causing him no problems at all at the moment. When it does bother him, it will be pulled, but not before.

    For all training and riding, he's been or will be going bitless-- strap bitless or hackmore. I just don't want anything bouncing against that tooth.

    Is there a medical exception for bits in dressage? I know his dressage will probably suck, but...
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    No, but it seems to me I read somewhere (Horse and Hound, maybe?) that the topic was under debate.
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    Not undercurrent rules.

    There is a rules proposal to change it every year or so, but never got much support.
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    Heck! I know humans can petition for medical exemptions from rules for themselves, and I was hoping there might be one for horses as well. I thought one could petition to use nose nets and was hoping there might be something similar for bitless.
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    You can certainly petition (apply for a Presidential Modification)-- I just wouldn't count on getting anywhere. And it costs $50.



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    Someone here posted that they were allowed to use a drop noseband with reins attached on their UL horse for dressage at a show due to medical something or other.



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