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Changes to PHBA Rule 3312 – Halter Equipment – Immediate change

Effective immediately

EQUIPMENT

3312. Halter Classes. Entries shall be led into the ring in a halter, or a bridle maybe used in Pleasure Type division classes. Quarter boots, blinders or other appliances including braces are prohibited. A lip chain or lip cord may be used with a halter only as allowed and defined in this rule.

A. For purpose of this rule, the term “Allowed Lip Chain” shall only mean a lip chain that:

1) Has an unsecured keeper with at least two links of the chain outside of halter before attachment of keeper or leather part of lead shank.

2) Is applied only over gum and not through mouth; and

3). With respect to the portion applied over the gum, is made up of chain links having a gauge of at least 4.0 mm

B. For purpose of this rule, the term “Allowed Lip Cord” shall only mean a lip cord that:

1) A round smooth soft/flexible nonabrasive cotton poly-blend cord with a dense core that has an unsecured keeper with at least 3/4 inches of the cord outside of the halter before attachment of keeper or leather part of lead shank.

2) Is applied only over gum and not through mouth;

3) With respect to the cord applied over the gum, is made up of cord having a diameter of at least 3/8 inches; cord applied over gum may not contain internal or external metal.

4) No foreign substances or additional materials may be added to the lip cord

C. Allowed Lip Chains or Lip Cords may only be used as set forth in subsections 1 and 2 below. All other types of chains or cords that do not meet the definition of an Allowed Lip Chain or Lip Cord are prohibited.

1) Stallions 1 year of age and older may be shown with an Allowed Lip Chain or Lip Cord in open and  amateur divisions.

2) The following horses may be shown with an Allowed Lip Chain or Lip Cord in amateur and youth divisions:

         (a) Mares 1 year of age and older; and

         (b) Geldings 1 year of age and older.

DThe following horses may not be shown with an Allowed Lip Chain or Lip Cord:

1) Weanlings;

2) Any horse shown in a Performance Halter class; and

3) Any horse shown in a Versatility Ranch Horse conformation class.

4) Mares, geldings in an open division

EApplying excessive pressure on or excessive jerking of an Allowed Lip Chain or Lip Cord is prohibited.