Hey. I will tell you about my own experience, and why i really want FEI to change the rules. Me and my pony Frigg was going to our first competition after her injurey. We have been training for years with neckrope, and i know that she is working Best with that. So i contacted the organizer of the competionen. I explained to her, that we are working Best with neckrope and without saddle. I also Said that we ofcourse would wear a bridle at the warm up, and then just switch to neckrope when we do our round. She didnt see any problem with that, so she contacted the judge from the danish equestrian federation. The judge didnt see any problem either, but she wasnt sure if i was allowed to. I was so happy, because there was hope, that we could finally do what we love, and show off. When we arrived to the competition, and i talked to the judge again, she Said that she checked it up with other judges and i wasnt allowed- not with neckrope and not without saddle. She suggested a hackamore og leather bit... but i already ride in “sidepull” (crossed bitless bridle), without contact to the cross. I went back to Frigg. I once again felt like i dissapointed her. Now i had to put On the saddle, that she hates so deeply. When she tried to bite me for putting On the saddle, i petted her neck, and tried to tell her, that i did everything i could, but she didnt know. When she layed down her ears, because i took On the bridle, i told her, that it wasnt my decision, that i had no voice. Frigg was the kindest at that competition, despite me, putting On equipment, that i know she dont like, and is not used to working with. THIS is why I want the rules to change. So i dont have to give my horse a bad experience, by putting On equipment, that she hates so much, when we work the best without it. SO I HAVE a CHOICE about MY horse. *PLEASE tag @fei_global and share with friends*
I would love if you shared your own experience. If you wanted to compete without saddle, but couldnt? If you wanted to compete bitless in dressage but couldnt? Anything there including FEI rules, that you arent happy with- share it
Use the hashtag #dearfeichangetherules in the beginning ...