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It is the "favorite picture" that says it all

11. mars 2011 kl. 17:17

It is the "favorite picture" that says it all

Einar Öder Magnússon participated in the Eiðfaxi chat on changes in the regulation on bit tack in sports competitions when at the FEIF general meeting...

 
it was decided to prohibit the lowermost rein on the English noseband or the angled noseband with the sliding cheek bit.
 
”It may sound strange, but I really do not care as far as this subject is concerned, it is of no importance to me. But when I think about it, I think that they are approaching the wrong end of the problem. The judges should be educated in such a manner that they are able to see and evaluate when the horse is being ridden in the correct manner; soft and supple and that the horse carries himself well. The judges need to be able to see how the rein contact is, whether it is light and playful or if everything is tied down and that the mouth of the horse is closed shut with the noseband. I think that people are wasting their time on the wrong issue. Arguing about using an angled noseband or not. On the other hand I use sliding cheek bits frequently and I enjoy using this equipment but recently I was appalled when I was working as an instructor in Scandinavia, and I saw that many riders had starting riding their horses using single slide bits. 
 
Finally, I would like to quote a text written by Eyjólfur Ísólfsson about the “Favorite picture” in Eiðfaxi where he says among other things: The horse is concentrated, happy and content. The mouth is closed and there is no noseband. The riders´ hand is open and positive. The rider is following the horses’ movements.” Those were Einar´s final words. 
 
HÉR is Eyjólfur Ísólfsson´s favorite picture.