Correct tack and turnout for show jumping

  • Saddles

    • Must be worn
    • Stirrup irons and leathers must hang freely from the bar of the saddle and outside the saddle flap


    • Ponies may only wear running or standing martingales anywhere on the show site
    • Only running and standing martingales are permitted in the arena
    • Standing martingales may only be attached to the cavesson part of the noseband fitted above the bit
    • A Market Harborough rein may be used, but only with a plain snaffle
    • All other running or check reins, and reins acting through sheaves or pulleys are prohibited in the arena

    Pony restrictions

    • May only wear standing or running martingales
    • No Market Harborough reins, bitless bridles, hackamores or combination bits may be used anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the showground


    • No to be longer than 75cms or shorter than 45cms
    • Weighted whips and those with a hard point at the end are not permitted

    Other rules

    • Tongue guards are permitted as long as they are properly constructed and detached from the reins and bit
    • Blinkers and any other attachments that might affect the horse’s vision, are not allowed
    • Sheepskin may be used on the cheekpieces as long as it does not exceed 3cms in diameter (measured from the animal’s face)
    • String, fine wire, twine or cord are not to be used in or around the horse’s mouth

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