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Eventing equipment focuses on safety and practical use. Learn what a professional event rider needs to get the job done in this video presented by an internationally renowned clinician and event rider.
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Hi, I'm Cathy Wieschoff, and I'm talking to you about the sport of eventing today. And I wanted to talk a little bit about the tack I use and, and what I wear when I compete. Actually, back up when I ride every day, I obviously wear riding breeches and I usually just wear half chaps and you know, some type of, of hard, maybe a leather shoe. But, when I compete, then I wear my tall leather boots and spurs, if there, if I need them for a horse. Some of my horses, I don't need spurs on; but, as you get to the upper levels of competition, it's required to wear them for dressage and so, I think it's a good idea to get the horse's get used to them. For dressage, we always have to wear our, a stock tie and our black jackets. At the international competitions, we would wear top hat and tails which is really fancy. And then, for cross country, I wear the same gar, garments, the same breeches and boots and spurs; but, for cross country, then, I'll wear a colored shirt which is my color is green and white. So, if you see me out there, that's who I am. And I have a, a, a silk cap cover that I put on my hat. And then, I'll also wear my safety vest; I'll, I'll have my .2 air vest on, my co, my hard had and I always carry a stick when I'm jumping and always wear gloves at, because I think it's important to wear, to number one get use to wearing gloves. But, I think that, you know, the horses get sweaty and the rain slip in and you can't be going back to the barn to get your gloves in the middle of a competition. For the horses, for dressage, it's,it's a rule that they're not allowed to wear any boots on their legs for dressage. So, you can't have bell boots, you can't have brushing boots or, or you know, I call them brushing boots; but, it's their open front or close front boots. You can't wear any of that stuff for dressage. So, and, and the bit requirement is that the horses go in pretty much a plain snaffle. It can be a Dr. Bristol, a French Lengths; but, they all have to be smooth. No curve change or, or anything like that or no curve type bits, except for the upper levels, I have to correct myself. We, we are allowed to use a double bridle at certain levels of competition. But, you always need to check the rules on that to make sure that you're allowed to do that.