Silver or fancy equipment shall not count over good working equipment. 2.
Horses shall be shown with a stock saddle. 3.
Whenever this manual refers to a curb bit in Western performance classes, it means use of a curb bit that has a solid or broken mouthpiece, has shanks and acts with leverage.
All curb bits must be free of mechanical devices and are considered a standard Western bit.
Shanks, ﬁxed or loose, are to be 8½ inches maximum in length.
Mouthpiece bars must be round, oval or egg-shaped, smooth and unwrapped metal.
They 9 may be inlaid but must be smooth or latex-wrapped.
Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar), such as extensions or prongs on solid mouthpieces.
The mouthpiece may be two or three pieces.
The port must not exceed 3½ inches, with rollers and covers acceptable, and diameter 5/16 inch to 3/4 inch.
See Figure 1 for measurements. 4.
When a curb bit is used (regardless of the age of the horse), only one hand is permitted on the reins (see Figure 6). 5.
When a curb bit is used, a curb strap or chain is required (see Figure 2). 6.
Bosals or nosebands are not permitted with a bit. 7.
A tom thumb snaffle bit is considered to be a curb bit and, therefore, any horse being shown in this bit must be ridden one-handed. 8.
Curb chain/strap must be a minimum of 1/2 inch wide and lie ﬂat against the jaw.
Curb chain/strap may be leather, double-linked ﬂat chain or extrawide ﬂat hunter-type single link chain.
No other metal/wire is permitted under the jaw, regardless of how padded.
Legal curb chains/straps are shown in Figure 2. 9.
Whenever this book refers to a snafﬂe bit in Western performance classes, it means the use of a smooth snaffle bit (no shanks) with a broken mouthpiece of Figure 1.
Legal Bit maximum of 3½ inches 8½ inches maximum diameter 5/16 to 3/4 inch From AQHA Rulebook. 10 Figure 2.
North Dakota Curb Straps LEGAL LEGAL — Flat leather – more than ½” wide
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