Equitation - Tack

Equitation - Tack

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In an Equitation class, do you consider the bit and the martingale? Regarding shin boots, hind boots, bell boots, polos, etc. - do they take away from or add to "the look?"

A balanced horse that moves naturally through collection exemplifies a rider's equitation.  Trainers and riders use various bits, aids and tack in order to achieve rideability and smoothness in a performance that shows off a rider's horsemanship.  Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with cavesson nose bands, are allowed.  Boots and conservative colored bandages are permitted.  A judge at his own discretion can penalize a horse with nonconventional types of bits or nose bands.  

Given the range of bits, martingales, and equipment allowed in equitation classes, our experts comment on the equipment that detracts from a round and their preferences in tack that enhance an equitation performance.