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  • Is this bit legal?

    http://www.bitandbridleshop.com/flex...78gdqitih5hef7

    the pictures of legal bits for dressage confuse me so I figured I'd ask my trainer and y'all for help. Thanks so much.
    Originally posted by Sithly
    do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.

  • #2
    The crucial question is- does the center piece rotate?

    If it rotates, it is not legal.

    If it doesn't rotate, it looks legal to me.
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Janet View Post
      If it rotates, it is not legal.
      Anyone know the rationale behind this ruling?
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      Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DancingDraft View Post
        Anyone know the rationale behind this ruling?
        Would like to know this too. In the rulebook it says rotating mouth piece is legal. Is there a difference versus mouthpiece and middle piece?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Equus View Post
          Would like to know this too. In the rulebook it says rotating mouth piece is legal. Is there a difference versus mouthpiece and middle piece?
          What they call a "rotating mouthpiece" is more like a hinge- it allows the left and right rings to turn independently. It is not something the horse can "roll" with his tongue.

          Anything the horse can roll with his tongue is considered a "roller", and is banned for dressage- except one specific bit which is allowed only in "High Performance" classes in straight dressage. (For some reason, that specific bit is allowed at all levels of eventing dressage-- but nothing else that rolls).

          As well as the rule book, you should look at the Dressage Attire and Equipment Booklet
          http://www.usef.org/documents/FormsP...entBooklet.pdf
          which has photographs (on the last few pages) as well as the sketches whihc are sometimes hard to interpret.

          As to WHY rollers are not allowed- that I do not know.
          Janet

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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          • #6
            Interesting, I've been showing with a bit that's not "legal" It's that double jointed KK bit with the little roller disk in the middle. I don't understand, it's supposed to be a very friendly bit?? And by the way, have been bit checked many times and no one has ever said anything about it.. Am confused now..

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            • Original Poster

              #7
              But under the permitted snaffle section it says a snaffle with a rotating center is legal.
              Originally posted by Sithly
              do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mackandblues View Post
                But under the permitted snaffle section it says a snaffle with a rotating center is legal.
                The wording is crucial-

                The "rotating middle piece" is ONLY legal for "High performance" classes, and only THAT ONE bit- not other bits with "rotating middle piece".

                The "rotating mouthpice" is the one that works like a hinge, not a roller. It is legal for all levels of dressage.

                I can't find anywhere that it says "rotating center".


                I agree the wording ("rotating middle piece", "rotating mouthpiece" ) is confusing and ambiguous. But look at the picture in the booklet.
                Janet

                chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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