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MORGAN DIVISION MO varying from individual to individual, but should never be exaggerated in a position too high or too low for correct body balance.

The face should not be set behind the vertical; judges should severely penalize any horse that carries its head below the withers. 3.

All Western Pleasure horses being considered for a ribbon must be required to back and must be judged on willingness. 4.

Western horses should stand with all four legs perpendicular to the ground in the line up. 5.

When the end of the split reins fall on side of reining hand, one finger between the reins is permitted.

When using a romal or when the ends of split reins are held in the hand not used for reining, no finger between the reins is allowed.

Rider may hold the romal or the end of split reins to keep them from swinging and to adjust the position of the reins provided there is at least 16 inches of rein between the hands. 6.

Bridles may be checked at the discretion of the judge(s).

The judge(s) may designate the steward to check bridles.

If checking is done in the class lineup, one attendant must be invited in, and if requested by the judge(s), may assist in the checking of bridles.

The attendant may assist with re-bridling and remounting.

Riders must dismount. 7.

All exhibitors must remain mounted until they have left the ring unless requested to dismount by the judge(s).

All horses must leave the ring in a forward motion, no backing out of ring. 8.

Any class with 50 or more entries must be divided.

Awards and prize money must be given in each section; add back money to be awarded. 9.

The fall of a horse and/or rider in a western pleasure class must result in elimination.

MO132 Appointments and Attire 1.

Western tack must be used in all classes.competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments and attire but not necessarily disqualified.

Entries shall be shown with stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

A Western side saddle is considered legal equipment.

Tapaderos are prohibited. 2.

There is no discrimination against any standard Western bit.

A standard Western bit is defined as having a shank with a maximum length overall of 8 1/2” (See WS105).

The mouthpiece consists of a metal bar 5/16” to 3/4” in diameter as measured one inch in from the shank.

The bars may be inlaid but must be smooth or latex wrapped.

Nothing must protrude below the mouthpiece (bar) such as extensions, prongs or rivets designed to intimidate the horse.

Rollers attached to the cen© USEF 2012 20 MORGAN DIVISION MO ter of the bit are acceptable, and may extend below the bar.

Jointed mouthpieces are acceptable and may consist of two or three pieces and may have one or two joints.

A three piece mouthpiece may include a connecting ring of 1 1/4” or less in diameter or a connecting flat bar of 3/8,” to 3/4” (measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2”), which lies flat in the mouth, or a roller or port as described herein.

The port must be no higher than 3 1/2” maximum with roller(s) and covers acceptable.

Jointed mouthpieces, half breeds and spade bits are standard.

Slip or gag bits, rigid donut mouthpieces and flat polo mouthpieces are prohibited.

Roping bits with both reins connected to a single ring at center of cross bar must not be used.

Reins must be attached to each shank.

Any rein design or other device which increases the effective length and thereby the leverage of the shank of a standard western bit is prohibited.

Anything that alters the intended use of equipment as provided for in the description of appointments for a given class is considered to be an artificial appliance. 3.

Standard snaffle bits are permitted in any class on a junior horse four years old and under.

A standard snaffle bit is defined as a center jointed single rounded, unwrapped smooth mouthpiece of 5/16” to 3/4” diameter metal as measured from ring to 1” in from the ring with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle.

The rings may be from 2” to 4” outside diameter of either the loose type, eggbutt, dee or center mounted without cheeks.

If a curb strap is used it must be attached below the reins. 4.

Hackamores are permitted in any class on a junior horse four years old and under.

A hackamore includes a bosal rounded in shape and constructed of flexible braided rawhide or leather and must have a flexible nonmetallic core attached to a suitable headstall with maximum diameter of 3/4” at the cheek.

Attached reins may be of hair, rope or leather.

Other material of any kind must not be used in conjunction with a bosal, ie, steel, metal or chains (Exception: Smooth plastic electrical tape is acceptable). 5.

Horses must not be shown with artificial appliances that would tend to alter their performance; no material of any kind, including tongue ties, may be placed in the horse’s mouth other than a standard Western bit or a snaffle bit as described in MO132.2 and MO132.3.

Curb chains and leather chin straps may be used but must be flat and at least 1/2” in width and lie flat against the jaws of the horse.

Wire, rawhide, metal or other substance must not be used in conjunction with or as part of the leather chin strap, or curb chains.

Rounded, rolled, braided or rawhide curb straps are prohibited.

A light lip strap is permissible.

Hackamore bits, pencil bosals, cavesson type nosebands, martingales and tie downs are prohibited.

A judge does not have the authority to add or to remove any of the standard equipment as specified above. © USEF 2012 21 MORGAN DIVISION MO 6.

Snaffle or Hackamore Horse.

A snaffle or hackamore horse is a junior horse and may be shown in a ring snaffle or hackamore with two hands (both hands must be visible to the judge) and may also be shown in a bridle (one handed).

A junior horse may be switched back and forth from a bridle to snaffle or hackamore. 7.

Riders must wear suitable western hat, long-sleeved shirt with any type collar; trousers or pants (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable, provided it includes a collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps, or chinks, and boots are required.

Riders should wear a necktie, kerchief, bolo tie or pin; a vest, jacket, coat and/or sweater may also be worn.

Protective headgear is acceptable; not required to be of Western style.

Refer to GR801.

MO133 Shoeing In Western Pleasure classes the length of toe must not exceed 5” including pad and shoe.

MO134 Morgan Western Pleasure Class Specifications 1.

MAIDEN, NOVICE, LIMIT, OPEN, STALLIONS, MARES, GELDINGS, UNDER 15 HANDS, 15 HANDS AND OVER, YOUTH.

To be shown at a walk, jogtrot, and lope, with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%. 2.

JUNIOR HORSE (4 years old and under) To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope, with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, quality, performance with proper cadence and balance, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%. 3.

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR.

To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope, with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, suitability, performance with proper cadence and balance, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%. 4.

LADIES.

To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope, with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, suitability, quality, performance with proper cadence and balance, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%. 5.

AMATEUR, MASTER.

To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope, with light rein © USEF 2012 22 MORGAN DIVISION MO but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, suitability, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%. 6.

CHAMPIONSHIPS.

The same specifications as the above paragraphs except the percentages are 50%-50% instead of 60%-40%. — MO must be no larger than 11/4 inches (31.75 mm) in diameter, or a connecting flat bar must be no longer than 2 inches (50.8 mm) and 3/8 inch (9.5 mm) to ¾ inch (19.05 mm), measured top-to-bottom, and must lie flat in the horse’s mouth. 4.

A Mullen Mouth (solid mouthpiece), barrel mouthpiece, full cheeks or Naptha Bits (plastic or rubber) may be used. 5.

If a bit hobble is used on a ring snaffle it must be attached below the reins. 6.

Hackamores (Bosal) are permitted on a horse of any age at any level.

A hackamore includes a bosal rounded in shape and constructed of braided rawhide or leather and must have a flexible non-metallic core, attached to a suitable headstall.

No other material of any kind is to be used in conjunction with the bosal, ie steel, metal or chains. 7. No flat, sharp, slow twist, twisted or pointed edges on mouthpieces are allowed.

B.

Curb Bit: There is no discrimination against any standard Western bit.

A curb bit is a leverage bit.

A standard Western curb bit may be used on a horse of any age being ridden at any level; rider may use one or two hands with a curb bit.

A Standard Western Bit is defined as a bit with leverage.

It may or may not have shanks; the maximum length of the shanks is 8 1/2 inches (21.59 cm).

Shanks may be fixed or loose.

A bit which has slots for attaching the headstall and/or rein is a leverage bit and is permitted. 1.

Bars of the mouthpiece must be round, smooth and unwrapped (except with latex) metal of 5/16 inch (7.9 mm) to ¾ inch (19.05 mm) in diameter measured one inch (25 mm) from the cheek.

It may be inlaid, but smooth, or latex wrapped.

The mouthpiece may be two or three pieces.

A three piece, connecting ring of 1/¼ inch (31.7 mm ) or less in diameter, or a connecting flat bar of 3/8 inch to ¾ inch (9.5 mm – 19.05 mm) measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2 inches (50 mm), which lies flat in the horse’s mouth, is acceptable. 2.

The port must be no higher than 31/2 inches (8.89 cm).

Rollers attached to the center of the bit and covers are acceptable.

Broken mouthpieces, halfbreeds and spades are acceptable. 3. Wire on the braces (above the bars and attaching to the spade) of a traditional spade bit is acceptable. 4. Reins must be attached to each shank.

Split reins, romal reins, rein chains (spade bit) or loop reins are allowed. 5. Curb chains, if used, and flat leather chin straps must be at least 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in width and lie flat against the jaw of the horse.

No wire, rawhide, metal or other substance can be used in conjunction with or as part of the flat leather chin strap or curb chain.

Round, rolled, braided or rawhide curb straps are prohibited. © USEF 2012 56 MORGAN DIVISION MO 6. A slobber guard on a curb bit is permitted.

C.

Illegal Bits: All curb bits must be must be free of mechanical devices.

Nothing such as extensions, rivets or prongs, may protrude below the mouthpiece (bars).

The following are prohibited: 1.

Slip or gag bits, and donut or flat polo mouthpieces. 2.

Roping bits with reins attached to a single ring at the center of a cross bar. 3. Any rein design or other devices which increases the effective length and thereby the leverage of the shank of a standard western bit. 4. Anything that alters the intended use of equipment as provided for in the description of appointments for a given class/test. 6.

Saddle: A standard stock saddle, national, working saddle, Aussie, native or western side saddle is to be used but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

A horn is not required but western style fenders are required.

Tapaderos are prohibited. 7.

Whips: Whips no longer than 47.2 inches (120 cm) including lash, are permitted in all Classes/Tests. 8.

Illegal Equipment a.

Martingales, bit guards, any kind of gadgets (such as bearing, side, running, balancing reins, nasal strips, tongue tied down, etc.), any kind of boots (including “easy-boots”) or tail bandages and any form of blinkers, earmuffs or plugs, and nose covers, cause elimination.

Protective manufactured leg wraps are permitted, with color matching natural color of the horse as much as possible.

B.

Fly hoods (ear covers) will only be permitted in order to protect horses from insects.

The fly hoods should be discreet and should not cover the horse’s eyes, and will only be permitted in extreme cases at the discretion of the judge.

Permission must be granted prior to the class and applies to all competitors in the class.

C.

Rein additions or attachments except for rein chains used in conjunction with a spade bit.

D.

Any decoration of the horse with extravagant items, such as ribbons or flowers, etc.

In the mane, tail, etc.

E.

Flash, figure eight or dropped nose bands.

F. Mechanical Hackamores MO181 Gaits The horse’s three gaits, walk, jog and lope will be enhanced and amplified through correct training.

Development of his strength and balance as a result of correct training will now let him carry his rider with ease and confidence while maintaining correct rhythm and a steady tempo at all times. 1.The Walk © USEF 2012 57 MORGAN DIVISION MO a.

The walk is a well-marked four time beat marching gait in a regular cadence and with equal intervals between each beat.

This regularity combined with full relaxation must be maintained throughout all walk movements.

B.

When the foreleg and the hind leg on the same side swing forward almost at the same time, the walk has a lateral rhythm.

This irregularity is a serious fault of the gait.

C.

The following walks are recognized: Collected walk, Working walk and Free walk.

There should always be a clear difference in the attitude and tracking in these variations. 1.

Collected Walk.

The horse, remaining “on the bit”, moves resolutely forward with his neck raised and showing a clear self-carriage.

The head approaches the vertical position and a light contact is maintained with the mouth.

The hind legs are engaged with good flexion of the joints.

The gait should remain marching and vigorous, the feet being placed in regular sequence.

The steps cover less ground and are higher than at the Working walk, because all the joints bend more markedly.

The step at the Collected walk is shorter than the Working walk, and shows greater activity. 2.

Working Walk.

Four-beat, active, energetic walk with resolutely forward-reaching steps and confident stretch to the bit.

Head and neck should swing naturally as a result of a relaxed back and free shoulders.

The nose must be in front of the vertical.

The hind feet should touch the ground into or beyond the prints of the forefeet. 3. Free Walk.

A relaxed walk with unconstrained, forward reaching steps where hind feet touch the ground clearly in front of the footprints of the forefeet.

The horse must be relaxed and be allowed complete freedom to lower his head and neck to stretch forward and down and out.

The length of stride, rhythm, the relaxation and swing through his back are of great importance. 2.The Jog a.

The jog is a two-beat gait of alternate diagonal legs (left fore and right hind leg and vice versa) separated by a moment of suspension.

B.

The jog should show free, active and regular steps.

C.

Excessive speed or slowness will be penalized.

D.

The quality of the jog is judged by general impression, ie the regularity and elasticity of the steps, the cadence and impulsion in extension at all three paces.

This quality originates from a supple back and well-engaged hindquarters, and by the ability to maintain the same rhythm and natural balance in all variations of the jog.

E.

The following jogs are recognized: Collected jog, Working jog and Lengthening © USEF 2012 58 MORGAN DIVISION MO of Strides. 1.

Collected Jog.

The horse, remaining “on the bit”, moves forward in a twobeat gait with the neck raised and arched and showing clear self-carriage.

The head approaches the vertical position and a light contact is maintained with the mouth.

The hocks are well-engaged and flexed and must maintain an energetic impulsion, enabling the shoulders to move more freely.

Although the horse’s steps are shorter than in the other jogs, elasticity and cadence are not lessened.

The Collected jog must be ridden seated. 2.

Working Jog.

An energetic, regular, two-beat jog; the horse must go forward with even and elastic steps.

The back must be relaxed and the shoulders free, while there is an obvious push from the hindquarters.

The hind legs step actively up under the horse.

The horse must show proper balance and maintain light contact with the bit.

The horse’s nose must be in front of the vertical.

In the Basic and Preliminary tests, the Working jog may be ridden either posting or sitting.

In more advanced tests, the Working jog must be ridden seated. 3. Lengthening of Strides.

This is a variation of the Working jog; the horse covers more ground while maintain the same tempo as in the Working jog.

Speeding up is a fault.

Lengthening of stride may be ridden either posting or sitting. 4. Free Jog.

This is a pace of moderate lengthening of stride and frame compared to the Working jog.

Without hurrying, the horse goes forward in a twobeat gait with clearly lengthened steps, with impulsion from the hindquarters and uphill balance.

The rider allows the horse to carry the head a little more in front of the vertical than at the Collected and the Working jog.

The horse’s neck is “out”, down and forward, with the nose slightly in front of the vertical, with a loose rein and the poll at approximately the same height as the wither (the neck is level).

The steps should be even, and the whole movement balanced and unconstrained.

The Free jog may be ridden posting or sitting. 3.The Lope a.

The lope is a gait with three equal, regular beats with time of suspension after the third beat.

One stride equals 3 beats, or three footfalls.

This gait may be demonstrated on right or left lead.

Footfall sequence in right lead is: Left hind, right hind and left fore together, right fore, then suspension.

Footfall sequence in left lead: right hind, left hind and right fore together, left fore, then suspension.

B.

The lope has a typically slower tempo than a canter and must keep the three beat rhythm or the regularity is lost.

Excessive speed or slowness must be penalized.

C.

The correct lope must be balanced, rhythmic, and with three beats with a clear © USEF 2012 59

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