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Double bridle - Weymouth

A Weymouth is always used together with a bradoon and is called a double bridle.
This combination of 2 bits is mainly used in the higher dressage classes.

Double bridle - Weymouth

A dressage curb bit is always used together with an underlaid snaffle. This combination of two bits is called a double bridle or a Weymouth. This combination of bits is allowed for horses in dressage sports starting from the Z1 level. An underlaid snaffle is placed where the regular snaffle is used, and the dressage curb bit is positioned slightly lower. For a mare, the curb bit should be placed 2 to 3 cm above the canines. For a gelding or stallion, it should be 1 to 2 cm above the canines. The underlaid snaffle can be used in the same size as the regular snaffle. Since the curb bit is positioned lower in the mouth, it should be 0.5 to 1 cm smaller than the snaffle. A dressage curb bit is used in combination with a curb chain and has a leverage effect. The strength of the impact is determined by the length of the shanks. The longer the shanks, the sharper the impact.

For a double bridle, you need a special Weymouth bridle because both the curb bit and the snaffle are attached to their own cheekpieces. The headpiece of a regular bridle is missing a cheekpiece. A curb chain should be used to protect the horse's lower jaw. A double bridle should only be used by highly experienced riders. A Weymouth is FEI-approved but is only allowed for use in dressage competitions starting from the Z1 level.


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