Unprecedented FEI approval for new bridle
By Justine Thompson
19 October 2009 16:34
In an unprecedented move the FEI has approved the Rambo Micklem Multibridle for use in international dressage competition wherever a snaffle is allowed.
The fast-track approval was based on the FEI belief that any equipment development that is in the interest of horse welfare should be a priority.
The Rambo Micklem Bridle was developed by William Micklem FBHS to give a horse-friendly alternative to the use of tight cavesson nosebands, which can cause pain and also be counterproductive because of the possible numbing of nerves leading to the mouth.
William, a well-known equine author and Your Horse contributer, used extensive knowledge of the horse’s skull to design the bridle from the ‘inside-out’ to be effective but kind to the horse. The bridle can also be used bitless and as a lunge cavesson.
The FEI testing panel included British Dressage Chef d'Equipe Richard Davidson and Margit Otto-Crepin, who was European champion and Olympic Silver Medalist.
The bridle was used for the first time in the dressage section of FEI horse trials at the recent international events at Blair (Scotland), Necarne (Ireland) and Gatcombe (England).
It was already approved by most National Dressage Associations but the FEI approval marks an unprecedented addition to the International Rule book.
The Rambo Micklem Multibridle was given the innovation award for the best new tack product at BETA International in 2008.
For more information on the Rambo Micklem Multibridle visit www.horseware.com