17 January 2008 16:42
Is there a bit I can use in a dressage test to keep my 24-year-old mare round and in an outline? At the moment she’s ridden in a loose ring snaffle but is very heavy in the hand.
By Your Horse
Instructor Jane Baker says…
You might like to consider using a hanging cheek snaffle, also known as a baucher snaffle. This is allowed in dressage competitions and, due to its longer cheeks, it can have a more pronounced action on the poll, giving a similar effect to a pelham or kimblewick. It has no curb chain and so isn’t as sharp as a pelham.
As your mare is 24 it’s unlikely you’ll make a significant difference to the way she goes. However, you should ensure she’s thoroughly warmed up before a test with plenty of transitions to reduce any stiffness, help lighten her forehand and keep her supple.