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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Anky’s training methods in her own words

Anky van Grunsven is considered the queen of Rollkur by many. She calls her system Low, Deep and Round (LDR). In these three videos, Anky talks about her system of LDR in a clinic while demonstrating the techniques on her horse Nelson. While I’m not a fan of Rollkur (and yes, these videos are meant […]

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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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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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