Tack Requirements in Performance Classes
Courtesy of the 1996 APHA Rulebook, this list of required, optional, and prohibited horse tack and rider attire should help you to get a "handle" on what you need in various performance classes.


ENGLISH ATTIRE & TACK
For the classes of:
Hunter Under Saddle (Huntseat Pleasure), Hunter Hack, Working Hunter and Jumping
REQUIRED RIDER ATTIREOptional AttireProhibited Items
English Coat-Tweed or Melton
Conservative Wash Jackets-(in season)
Breeches or Hunt Jodhpurs-Buff,Grey, Rust or Canary
Hunting Cap-Dark Blue, Black or Brown
Hunt Derby-Black or Brown
Stock Tie or Choker
Safety Helmet
Spurs-unrowelled
Crop or Bat
Rowelled Spurs
REQUIRED TACKOptional TackProhibited Tack
Saddle-Hunt Seat or Forward Seat
Bridle-regulation Hunt bridle with Cavesson Noseband
Reins-regulation Hunt Rein or Double Reins with Double Bits
Hunting Breastplate
Artificial Tail Braid
Martingales or Tiedowns
Dropped Nosebands
Draw Reins
Curb Chain narrower than 1/2 inch
Leg Wraps or Boots-(wraps/boots are allowed for jumping)
REQUIRED BITSExceptionsProhibited Bits
English Snaffle-no shanks
Double Bridle Bits-curb or weymouth & snaffle or bradoon
Working Hunter-martingale permitted
Jumping-martingales, let wraps or boots permitted
Bits-corkscrew, double-twisted, dull edge mouthpiece
3-Piece Mouthpiece-not allowed on 2-y-old hunter under saddle
Cathedral, Fishback or Donut Mouthpiece
Rough, Sharp Material or Mechanically altered bits


WESTERN TACK & RIDER ATTIRE
For show ring events including:
Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding, Reining, Working Cow Horse, Cow Pony Race
REQUIRED RIDER ATTIREOptional Attire
Long-Sleeved Shirt
Western Hat
Western Boots
Spurs
Chaps or Chinks
Safety Helmet
REQUIRED TACKOptional TackProhibited Tack
Stock (Western) Saddle
Bridle-standard plain or silver headstall with browband or shaped or split ear
Reins-split or romal
Rope or Reata
Mecate-only with Bosal
Martingale or Tiedown
Noseband
Chinstrap narrower than 1/2 inch
Mechanical Hackamore
REQUIRED BITSOptional Bits/EquipmentProhibited Tack
Curb Bit-a bit with a solid or broken mouthpiece with shanks and acts with leverageBosal-for horses four years old and younger only
Snaffle Bit-ring style-for horses four years old and younger only
Slip, Gag or Donut Bits
3-Piece Mouthpieces-not allowed in 2-y-old Western Pleasure
Flat Polo Mouthpiece
EXCEPTIONS TO TACK & EQUIPMENT
TRAIL-hobbles optional for Ground Tie obstacle
WESTERN RIDING, REINING, WORKING COW HORSE-leg wraps and/or boots allowed in these classes
COW PONY RACE-only 2 reins allowed, no racing plates (shoes). Shanked bit with curb required.


WESTERN TACK & ATTIRE
For the classes of:
Roping, Speed Events (games), and Team Penning
REQUIRED RIDER ATTIREOptional Attire
Long Sleeved Shirts
Western Hat
Western Boots
Spurs
Chaps or Chinks
REQUIRED TACKOptional TackProhibited Tack
Stock (Western) Saddle
Bridle-standard plain or silver headstall with browband or shaped ear or one ear
Reins-split or closed (roping or romal)
Hackamore-including mechanical, with covered nosepiece
Other Bridles/Bits-providing they are not considered unnecessarily severe or unsafe
Tiedowns-made of leather, nylon or rope
Running Martingales
Leg Wraps and/or Boots
Rope or Reata
Jerklines (roping)
Tack Collars (roping)
Bicycle Chains & Mule Bits
Tiedowns with bare metal in contact with horse's head
BIT REGULATIONSEQUIPMENT EXCEPTIONS
Curb or Snaffle Bit - most any type of bit allowed that is not considered unnecessarily severeCALF ROPING-neck rope required, "keeper" optional; second rope required in order to throw two loops
TEAM ROPING/STEER STOPPING -Rope is required
BARRELS, POLES, OTHER GAMES -safety helmet optional


PLEASURE & UTILITY DRIVING
REQUIRED RIDER ATTIREOptional Attire
Long Sleeves
Coat & Tie - of choice
Hat - of choice
Lap Robe - required with Ladies' Short Dresses
Rainwear or inclement weather apparel
REQUIRED CARTOptional AccessoriesProhibited Carts
Pleasure Type - two-wheeled single-horse. Seat for one or two. Basket type equipped.Dash and/or Basket CoverStirrup Type
Sulky
REQUIRED TACKOptional TackProhibited Tack
Collar or Breastcollar Harness
Breeching or Thimbles
Two Reins
Cavesson Noseband
Browband Bridle with Double Bits
Check Reins
Blinders/Blinkers
Martingale
No Bit Convertors - with double bits/two reins
REQUIRED BITSBoots & Shoes
English Snaffle - (no shanks)
Double Bridle Bits - curb or weymouth & snaffle or bradoon
Half Cheek Snaffle, Liverpool or Elbow with Bradoon overcheck
Natural Hooves
-no buildups, etc. Standard Shoes

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