The General Rules and Regulations Chapter G8 describe what equipment is allowed and what equipment is not allowed. These rules are applicable for sport and gæðingakeppni events (including YouthCup). For breeding events similar rules apply.
In addition to this, there is a list of prohibited equipment, maintained by the FEIF Sport Committee.
Sometimes equipment doesn't fit in either the description of what is allowed and what is not allowed. In such cases the description of what is allowed prevails. Equipment not described as allowed is not allowed. At the moment there are four items that might cause confusion as it is not totally clear to everybody if they are allowed or not:
- the use of rubber bands in manes: it is not allowed to change the natural shape of the horse with artefacts and specific techniques. However it is allowed to use rubber bands only to divide the manes of a horse evenly when the (heavy) manes are otherwise unbalanced and would hinder the performance of the horse.
- the same goes for clipping and shaving: this is allowed when needed for the health of a horse.
- snow grip: in winter time the use of 'snow grip' (rings/soles with extra grip on the ground, to be used on slippery surfaces) is allowed for safety reasons, in addition to nails and studs as described in the Genaral Rules and Regulations G8.3.2. The ring/sole itsef should fit otherwise in the description in G8.3.2.
- filling material: Filling material is only allowed inside the hoof (G8.3.2). Extensions of the hoof (like on the back side) are not allowed, even not for reasons of protection. When protective material is used, the understanding is that this is material can be taken off in order to determine the weight. This is not the case with material that is glued to the hoof.