Mechanical Hack. Would have to measure ≥5/16” Connecting bar should meet measurements described Not smooth Not smooth Not smooth B.
Reference to snaffle bits in western performance classes mean the conventional O-ring, egg-butt or D-ring with ring no larger than 4″.
The mouthpiece should be round, oval, or egg-shaped, smooth and unwrapped metal.
It may be inlaid, but must be smooth.
The bars must be a minimum of 5/16“ in diameter, measured one inch in from the cheek with a gradual decrease to center of the snaffle.
The mouthpiece may be two or three pieces.
A three-piece, loose connecting ring of 3/4″ 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 horse’s mouth is acceptable. Connecting bar would have to meet measurements described. Mouthpiece not smooth Wire wrapped; not smooth O-ring Egg-butt Offset D-ring Offset D-ring, with slow twist — Half-breed Gag action AND not smooth Donut mouthpiece Flat polo mouthpiece D. Except for hackamore/snaffle bit classes, speed event classes, or junior horses shown with hackamore/snaffle bit, only one hand may be used on the reins, and hand must not be changed.
The hand is to be around the reins; index finger only between split reins is permitted. Split reins – correct Split reins – correct E. romal reins – correct References to a romal means an extension of braided material attached to closed reins.
This extension may be carried in the free hand with a 16 inch spacing between the reining hand and the free hand holding the romal.
The rider’s hand shall be around the reins with the fingers closed, thumb on top, and no fingers between the reins.
The romal shall not be used forward of the cinch or to signal or cue the horse in any way.
Any infraction of this rule shall be penalized severely by the judge. F. romal reins – wrong G. Junior horses (4 years old and under) competing in junior western pleasure, western horsemanship, reining, western riding, and trail that are shown with a hackamore or snaffle bit will be ridden with two hands on the reins. Snaffle reins – wrong Snaffle reins – correct H. I. Horses four-years old and younger may be shown in a snaffle bit, hackamore, curb bit, half-breed, or spade bit.
Horses five-years old and older may only be shown in a curb bit, half-breed, or spade bit.
In the speed events only, horses of any age may be shown with a snaffle bit.
Chain curb straps are permissible, but must meet the approval of the judge, be at least ½” inch in width, and lie flat against the jaw of the horse.
Absolutely no rigid material will be permitted under the jaws, regardless of how padded or covered. Chain <½“ wide OK if ≥ ½“ wide All of these curb straps are acceptable English Division Dr.
Bristol Kimberwick, low port Smooth, 1-piece mouthpiece Smooth, 3-piece mouthpiece Egg-butt D-ring Smooth, 2-piece mouthpiece As long as mouthpiece measures ≥ ⅜” Either rein attachment location is acceptable. 33. — Pelham w/ converter acceptable Full cheek w/ fast twist Mouthpiece not smooth Full cheek w/ slow twist Mouthpiece not smooth European Elevator Bit O-ring snaffle Mouthpiece would have to measure ≥ ⅜” O-ring w/ twisted wire Mouthpiece not smooth 34.
BITS – BRIDOONS (Saddle Seat and Hunter) Design of the bridoon mouthpiece must conform with that of acceptable snaffles described in #32B and #33.
However, smaller dimensions of the mouthpiece are permissible. Bridoon w/ 3 piece mouth Bridoon w/ twisted mouth Mouthpiece not smooth Bridoon w/ jointed mouth — Wonder Bit Gag action Mouthpiece is also not smooth Mechanical Hack. Stop & Turn Rigid material under jaw TACK: Western-type saddles will be used.
A mechanical hackamore or other type bridles may not be used.
Use of two hands on the reins is allowed in speed events.
Judge or appointed equipment official may prohibit the use of bits or equipment deemed too severe.
Use of martingales, tie-downs and nosebands is permitted in these classes.
Draw reins are not allowed in speed events.
Horses of any age may be ridden in a snaffle.
BITS: Will follow the same rules as the Western Division. Saddle Seat Division Pelhams Weymouith bit with bridoon Walking Horse Bits OK if shanks measure ≤ 8” TACK: Flat English type saddles are required for trotting horses; hunter, forward seat, and dressage type saddles are prohibited.
Dressage or breed specific saddles are required for non-trotting horses.
Horses must be shown in full bridles (curb and snaffle) or pelham with two reins, standard walking horse bit, or bit appropriate for breed.
No figure 8, flash, or drop nose bands are allowed in Saddle Seat classes.
Snaffle bridles will only be allowed in Saddle Seat Pleasure, Showmanship, and Conformation classes.
Bits with shanks over 8″ in length not permitted.
Draw reins, martingales, hackamore, and similar equipment are all prohibited. (Pasos may show in hackamores as approved by PFHA for Pleasure classes.) Set tails, boots and/or artificial appliances including chains and rollers (pertaining to legs) are prohibited.
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