Tack and turnout for M&M showing classes

  • 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

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