Hunter Horse Show Tack Trends

Are you in style? Long gone are the days of Fulmer snaffles and Atherstone girths. Take a look what is trending right now on the show circuit.

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D Ring Snaffles are popular in the hunter show ring. A hunter with a Kimberwick may be overlooked as a kimberwick is an unconventional bit. A d-ring or snaffle with cheek pieces are found most commonly in the hunter ring.

Only Standing martingales are permitted. Too tight a martingale will be noticed and too loose, and it looks sloppy. Adjust the standing martingale so the strap can be pushed into the horses throatlatch. A standing martingale with a floppy strap will look messy and also leave the judge wondering why you have it on if it so loose!
Likewise the neckstrap should be secured around the horse’s neck snugly. A loose flopping neck strap detracts from your performance.

Plain or Raised leather bridle with accented stitching is permissible. I personally prefer a well taken care of plain noseband. A nice bridle accents the horse without calling to much attention to the amount of money you spent.

Leather reins are a must. Cotton reins look out of place and plain reins just might provide enough purchase. Laced reins are a safe bet.

What type of bridle do you like to show in?

Have you seen any trends developing regarding the types of bridles seen in the show ring?


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About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.
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