FEI Announces New Standard for Frangible XC Fences

Frangible Fence Standard

The FEI’s Eventing Frangible Device Working Group has introduced updated standard for frangible cross-country fences. The team spent six months reviewing slow-motion video of horses jumping fences, and took into consideration testing performed by British Eventing, MIM at Chalmers University (SWE), and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). A frangible/deformable fence is a fence that is […]

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Why Reining is no longer an FEI sport

As recently as this fall, at the World Equestrian Games, reining was a big draw and the US team brought home gold. But that’s over now that the FEI has severed its ties with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Reining is no longer an FEI-recognized sport. So […]

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FEI rules Rollkur is Okay but only for 10 minutes

According to an article in http://www.horsetalk.co.nz, the FEI has issued a 10 minute limit for training a horse using Rollkur. Riders warming-up at shows are not allowed to keep their horses’ head and neck carriage in a sustained or fixed position for more than 10 minutes, under new guidelines approved by the FEI this week. […]

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FEI rules Patrick Kittel’s warm up methods “not excessive”

The so called “Blue Tongue” video, which shows Patrik Kitell training the stallion Watermill Scandic at a World Cup event last October sparked a huge debate about the use of Rollkur (or hyperflexion) around the world. A horse’s tongue can turn blue when the curb bit presses down on the tongue, impairing blood circulation. After […]

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