At the round table of 2018 a decision was made regarding the tack permitted in the squire test. This has led to the following change.
The previous text about tack was as follows:
At the examination the applicant rides with a cavesson and is allowed to add to it either a snaffle bit or a curb bit. If using a curb, the curb reins must be held in one hand.
This text is replaced by the following text:
At the examination the applicant rides with two sets of reins, where the reins used for moving the shoulders (curb, hackamore, cavesal® chin piece or neck rein) are held in one hand. The following combinations of tack are allowed:
- Cavesal® or cavemore.
- Cavesson combined with a curb.
- Cavesson combined with a snaffle bit.
- The curb bit with one rein attached to the upper part of the bit, one rein attached to the lower part of the bit.
- Cavesson combined with a neck rein.
- Snaffle bit combined with a neck rein.
If you want to ride the examination with different tack consult the judge beforehand to ask for dispensation. Note that you must be able to explain why your tack is the best option for you and your horse.