Changes Proposed for Protective Head Gear for Horses & Humans

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Nov. 10, 2015

Protective fly hoods with noise reduction for horses will be allowed for all events and not just outdoors under changes proposed by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) while also seeking to require protective headgear for children, pony, junior and young riders at horse inspections as well as when mounted.

The FEI Dressage Committee drew up proposed changes for consideration by the organization’s General Assembly meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico this week.

Protective fly hoods must be of a thin material but may also provide noise reduction. They will, however, be systematically checked by stewards at the end of tests to ensure that nothing prohibited has been added or is covered up. Fly hoods should be discreet and not cover the horse’s eyes.

The proposal for protective headgear is to cover horse inspections as well as while mounted for riders under 22 years of age, an increase in the age limit from 19 years previously.

Other proposed changes include:

–A curb chain has been added to cavesson nose band as equipment that can never be as tightly fixed so as to harm a horse;

–A curb chain can be made of metal or leather combination, no longer rubber. Cover for the curb chain can be made of leather, rubber or sheep skin.

–In warming-up and training areas, lungeing is allowed with one lunge line only attached to either a lunging cavesson or a snaffle bridle/bridoon but lunging with the lunge line attached to the curb will no longer be allowed.