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"The horse needs to be able to chew on the bit"

11. mars 2011 kl. 16:26

"The horse needs to be able to chew on the bit"

Rules on tack for riders and horses in competition and the changes that have been done from earlier times is one of the main subjects in the FEIF board.....

 
and which is also the part of the work which received the greatest attention. Many leading riders came forth with novelties to Europe and to the WC, novelties which later on some felt should be prohibited in tournaments.
 
Angled noseband under sliding cheek bits was for a long time prohibited but then suddenly resurfaced and had been sneaked through discussions without anyone noticing it. 
 
At the recent FEIF general meeting the decision was made to prohibit the use of an angled noseband again. Eiðfaxi contacted a few trainers and competition riders looking for their opinions on this change and we started by contacting Þorvaldur Árna Þorvaldsson:
 
”Frankly speaking I have not given this a great deal of thought, and have not used equipment like this a lot. I think that the sliding cheek bit needs certain space and freedom in order to work correctly. The horse needs to be able to move his mouth in order to be able to chew and play around with the bit. A noseband which is tightly fastened, not to mention an angled noseband restricts this movement. And then the sliding cheek bit does not work right. I also would like to mention that should the bridle be adjusted slightly short into the horses’ mouth it also prevents the correct function of the sliding bit. 
 
Also, my opinion is that it is very unattractive to see more harness and tack than necessary on the horses head and possibly this also presents the wrong image towards those who are watching the Icelandic horse for the first time” Þorvaldur finally said.