Bits used in a double bride
A double bridle, also a Weymouth bridle, is a bridle that has two bits and four reins (sometimes called "double reins"). One bit is the bradoon (or bridoon), is a modified snaffle bit that is smaller in diameter and has smaller bit rings than a traditional snaffle, and it is adjusted so that it sits above and behind the other bit, a curb bit. Another term for this combination of curb and snaffle bit is a "bit and bradoon," where the word "bit" in this particular context refers to the curb.
They are required for upper level FEI dressage tests (Prix St. Georges (PSG), Intermediare, and Grand Prix), and are optional in other tests – check the rules. They are also permitted in the dressage phase of eventing at the Intermediate or Advanced levels, although not required. (In eventing, even at the advanced level, snaffle bridles are still the norm.)
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Saddle and girth
Dressage saddle, showing deep seat, longer straight cut saddle flaps and long girth straps, used with a ‘Lonsdale Girth’ which allows closer contact between the rider and the horse through the saddle flaps. A white saddle cloth is generally used.
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