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Saddle Seat Wednesday
I am now riding with a double bridle. Gulp.
In dressage, graduating to a double bridle is a big deal. It is a point of endless discussion, mostly about the dangers and about criticism of folks who have done so without proper skills.
For example, a quote from Dressage Today, emphasis mine:
“Are You Ready for a Double Bridle?”
by Ana Gilmour
“However, using a double bridle too soon can result in anxiety in the horse, mouth problems and irreparable damage.”
Mar 6, 2017
This puts a certain wariness in one’s head about having two bits in a horse’s mouth.
In saddle seat, 10 year olds ride with a double bridle. Allow me to repeat that. Munchkins who are learning to show walk-trot are doing so with a double bridle. Minus the vanishingly small exception of a few young horse classes, if the rider is in a suit, they are using a double. Performance = 2 bits.
I’m not against it. It works for them. The situation is the same as dressage getting its knickers in a twist about tempi changes whereas hunters install lead changes as soon as possible. Different disciples, different goals.
Granted, I did use a double bridle with George in the sidesaddle class at the Washington International Horse Show. But a) George was made of cast iron. Nothing was going to hurt him. & B) I never actually touched the reins.
It has been decreed that I will learn to ride saddle seat with a double bridle. The horses are fine with it. I can’t look at the curb rein without thinking about irreparable damage.
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