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Should Dressage Halt The Mandatory Double Bridle Rule?

At the highest levels of dressage a double bridle is mandatory — a point of contention often debated on amongst industry riders and trainers alike. According to the professionals I spoke with, the rule exists solely because of tradition. The compulsory double bridle is “totalitarian” according to six-time Canadian Olympian, Christilot Hanson-Boylen. “The rule does not come from the horse’s point of view,” she says. “The times are gone when we can think like that.”

Luis Lucio, two-time Spanish Olympian and former Dressage Technical Director of the Spanish Equestrian Federation, says, “It is ridiculous in my point of view. Sooner or later, both bits will be accepted.”

But let’s back up a little.

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Article written by: Tik Maynard

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