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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Should bitless bridles be allowed in USEF competitions?

Currently bitless bridles are not allowed in dressage competitions and are considered unconventional tack for hunters. You do see them in eventing (for the show jumping and cross country phases), in jumpers and in endurance competitions. Increasingly I’ve seen discussion about the merits for changing the rules, especially in dressage, to allow the cross-under style […]

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