Compensating Aids and Special Equipment in Para-Dressage

Compensating aids are used by Para-Equestrians to compensate for the physical or sensory limitation resulting from their impairment, thereby enabling them to ride a horse.

Para-Equestrians are permitted to use special equipment when this has been formally documented and approved. The use of compensating aids will be discussed with individual riders during the classification process and will be documented on the Para Equestrian Classification card.

According to FEI compensating aids are Modifications and/or adaptations to equipment and Use of Aids.

Modifications and/or adaptations to:

-Saddlery (Saddles, Bridles/Reins, Stirrups)

-Riding attire (Riding footwear, Gloves)

-Other riding equipment (Whips, Spurs)

-Postural supports and orthoses (Straps to control body parts, Prostheses, Braces)

Use of Aids:

- Aids to compensate for sensory loss (Commander, Caller)

-Miscellaneous

Examples of Compensating Aids

Salute with head only

Voice (only Grades I, II and III)

1 or 2 whips

Rising Trot

Hand Hold (Usually Grade I or II)

Velcro Strap over thigh going under the saddle

Orthosis and Braces

Commander

Caller

Riding without Gloves/Spurs

Riding with one hand

 

Compensating Aids regarding Stirrups:

-Elastic bands to hold the Stirrup in the right position

-Enclosed Stirrups/Stirrup Cages

-Elastic band/Velcro Strap from Girth to Stirrup

-Magnetic Stirrups

-Riding without Stirrups or with one Stirrup

 

Compensating Aids regarding Reins:

-Laddered Reins

-Rein Loops

-Split rein on double bridle

- Elastic Inserts on reins

 

Compensating Aids regarding Saddle:

-Deep Saddle, raised pommel, raised cantle

-Seat saver

-Knee/Thigh rolls/blocks

 

Laddered Reins, Riding without Gloves and with Whip

 

Loop Reins, Braces on neck and body and a Whip

 

Split Reins

 

Split Rein and Loop Rein combined

 

Elastic band to hold the Stirrup in the right position

 

Compensating Aids explained on New Zealand Para-Equestrian site

FEI's Compensating Aids pdf-file (11 pages) from 2014