Swiss Equestrian Federation to Restrict Noseband Tightness to Two Centimeter

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 16:04
Dropped noseband, positioned too deep and pressing into the nostrils, at the 2018 World Young Horse Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The board of the Swiss Equestrian Federation has decided that as of 2020 noseband tightness at Swiss shows can be no less than 2 cm between the bridge of the nose and the noseband.

The working group "Tack and Bits" has proposed several rule changes to the board and at a special board meeting it has accepted three of those. 

1) a tightened noseband shall have 2 cm room between the bridge of the nose and the leather strap, which will be measured by a special measuring tool. The disciplines are ordered by the board to prepare this rules for 2020.

2) the board will order the different disciplines to make a list of allowed bits that are age and training level appropriate and to make it effective as of 2020

3) the federation will begin research projects (BA/MA/PhD) with relevant university and college institutions to investigate: the situation of the use of bits and bridles in Switzerland, the use and effects of bits and bridles based on the Uldahl study (2018); to develop test methods of new bridles and bits on the market with regard to the wellbeing of the horses and with inclusion and possible co-financing of the federal government, manufacturers and animal welfare groups.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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