Tack and turnout for M&M showing classes

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Mountain & Moorland ridden classes

  • Bridles should be plain and workmanlike.
  • Plain browband – metal or clincher are permitted but some judges don’t like them (NB: brass was traditionally for stallions)
  • Either no numnah or one which is discreet and matches the horse and saddle
  • No boots or bandages
  • Brown or black tack – brown is preferred by traditional judges and is always correct in the show ring
  • Snaffle bridle for novice classes
  • Double bridle or pelham for open classes
  • Straight cut or working hunter saddles show more of the horse’s shoulder and movement, so are preferable to GP saddles
  • Manes, tails and feathers may be pulled/trimmed in some breeds, according to the breed society’s specifications
  • Quarter markers are not correct for native ponies

In-hand classes

  • White halter or rope halter is correct for:
    • New Forest
    • Highland (rope not webbing)
    • Fell
    • Dales
    • Welsh A, C & D
    • Youngstock – mares & geldings of any age
  • Leather foal slips, followed by in-hand bridles are correct for:
    • Shetlands
    • Connemaras
    • Exmoors
    • Dartmoors
    • Welsh Bs
  • In-hand bridles can be used for youngstock and broodmares
  • Pony that compete in ridden classes can wear riding bridles with normal reins or in-hand bridles with couplings. Novice ponies should wear a snaffle. Open ponies a pelham or double bridle. NB: It is not correct to wear a riding bridle with a coupling and lead
  • Stallions should wear bridles with bits once they are over two years
  • Yearling colts can wear bits but are usually led off the noseband
  • Two-year-olds can wear nylon (training) bits but once they are 3 (esp large breeds) they are expected to wear proper stallion bits on an in-hand bridle. Small breeds often stick with a smaller bit so it does not draw attention away from the face
  • Some breed societies state that stallion harnesses must be worn on horses over 3 years olds