Bomber Control Plate BC45 for British Eventing dressage?

Hi there, can you tell me whether the above bit is dressage legal for British Eventing? If not, could you possibly recommend me a similar bit? I have a 17hh ex racehorse who is sensitive in the mouth and is prone to throwing/waving his head in the air during transitions or when feeling tense. He goes brilliantly in this bit and therefore I need something similar if I can't use it in BE. If not dressage legal, am I okay to use it for the jumping phases? He currently has it in a loose ring snaffle cheek piece. Thanks in advance.

Posted in Eventing, asked by Rhi, 8 months ago. 237 hits.

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Hi Rhi,

Unfortunately the Control Place is not legal for Dressage, but you can definitely use it in the jumping phases.

As your horse is quite sensitive, I recommend using a Lock Up for the Dressage phase. The Lock Up spreadd the pressure evenly over the horse's mouth, your horse will accept the Lock Up far better than an Elliptical, which concentrate the pressure over a smaller area than the Control Plate. I suggest staying with a Loose Ring, the less pressure we introduce, the happier the horse generally is!

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
8 months ago

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Hi Claire,

I hope you don't mind me asking, and just out of interest, why would you recommend the lock up over the control plate dressage? I presumed the control plate dressage would be the closest to the control plate 45 that I could use while still being dressage legal.

Thanks in advance

Rhi
7 months ago

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Hi Rhi,

It's a very good question.

There are two reasons I recommended the Lock Up over the Dressage Control.

First, the Dressage Control isn't Dressage legal anymore, the FEI decided to withdrawn it's legal status.

Second is that your horse shows signs of tongue sensitivity, throwing and shaking his head are both signs that he doesn't like tongue pressure, he probably accepts the Control Plate because it spreads the pressure over a large area, the Dressage Control Plate, concentrates the pressure over a smaller area because it is narrower, there's a good chance that this would be too much for him. Therefore I decided to recommend going down to the Lock Up, because it spreads the pressure out evenly and doesn't create a pressure point on the tongue.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
7 months ago
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