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Ask the Judge: wearing boots, gag snaffles, disruptive behaviour and more

A horse comes into the first class wearing boots; as a judge, what do you do? I wouldn't judge them in the first class. I would call over to the in-gate and inform them that wearing the boots makes them ineligible for placing, so removing the boots in the second class would be much appreciated. A judge is not required to communicate this, however. A horse shows in the first of back-to-back classes wearing a gag snaffle. As a judge, it's your call as to whether or not this is legal, but how would you handle this situation? I personally consider the gag snaffle illegal. I would first notify the steward of this and then, while holding the rider before their second round, I would explain to them through the steward that should they want me to judge them, the bit needs to be changed. This approach is always much…

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