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Approved Gear

Approved Gear For Trials And Races

Stewards' powers for the use of gear comes under A.R. 8N, 140A, 140B, 141A, LR41 and LR 45,.

Consideration will be given to any gear other than that mentioned below. Stewards must ensure however that the gear is not going to take away proper control from a rider, or be cruel to the horse. Also consideration to the quality of the item, and be certain that the requested gear can be securely fitted.

Click here to view the Register of Nationally Approved Gear.

Gear Changes

Complete the Gear Change Form and send to the Trainer's Service Centre (details on the form) to advise of gear changes.


  • An unraced horse, when initially passed to race wearing blinkers in a trial, must retain that gear unless retrialed without blinkers and notification of removal is received by Stewards prior to the declaration of acceptance.
  • A horse which has previously raced or trialed may be approved to race in future in blinkers provided that the trainer signs a declaration stating that the horse has either worked in blinkers with other horses or performed in a trial to the trainer's satisfaction, and the trainer believes that the horse will race tractably and safely in blinkers.
  • Unless there are exceptional circumstances, permission to race in blinkers will not be granted when a horse has been approved three times to race in blinkers and subsequently races without them.
  • All applications for the addition or removal of blinkers must be made to the Stewards no later than acceptance time for any race in which it is intended to start.
  • The blinkers to be worn must be open cupped, of a design approved by the Stewards and must be worn under the bridle.
  • When permission has been received to add or remove blinkers such intention must be notified to the Race Club or Association by the person declaring such horse at its next acceptance.
  • If it is intended to use a one cup blinker the application for approval must state same and indicate on which side the cup will be affixed.
  • A horse may race with blinkers and a nose roll or with side winkers and a nose roll providing such horse trials to the satisfaction of Stewards in an official trial.
  • A Steward may exercise discretion at any time to direct the inclusion or removal of blinkers and order any test felt necessary to determine the suitability of blinkers for a horse.
  • The Stewards may at their absolute discretion dispense with or vary any of the above. Please note that LR41(2) provides that horses trailing for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race must carry the gear in which it is to race.



Must have strong mesh that will spring back to its normal shape after being compressed. Acceptable brands being sold are "Pelling" and "Zilco". May be used in conjunction with blinkers or other gear. Must be worn under the bridle.


Nose Rolls

Lambs wool Nose Rolls are permitted. They must be of a reasonable thickness to allow adequate vision. They must not be situated further up the nasal bone than halfway between the nostrils and the eyes.
If to be used with blinkers must barrier trial to satisfaction of the Stewards.



Ring or D type with snaffle or straight bar. If half spoons are projecting from the bit it would not be permitted, unless the end of the bit were drilled and a leather strap attached, to prevent the spoons becoming entangled in the mesh wire on starting stalls.
Rubber bits must be rubber covered steel bits or evidence to show that the bit is reinforced with steel through the centre.


Lugging Bits

Ring Bits (either fixed or movable, with ring type attachment).
W-Bits or Nutcracker (lever action reins may be attached front or back).
Tube Bits (straight bar bit through tube).



Rubber strap attached to the bridle and down nasal bone to bit, circular type may be attached to bit in rubber or leather with smooth soft face.


Nose bands

Cross-over nose bands are permitted. Dropped nose bands are not permitted.


Tongue Ties

Only two methods are permitted, i.e. an inch (25mm) wide tape or nylon stockings, looped over tongue and attached to bit. The other method allowed is the leather strap looped over tongue and buckled up securely around the jaw.
In NSW tongue ties have been allowed to be looped around the horse's tongue with tape, bandage or nylon stockings and then attached to the ring of the bit. As well as the above, from 1st May the tape, bandage or nylon stocking may be affixed to the horse's tongue in a similar manner and then tied around the lower jaw.


Tongue Control and Bits

Strap down nasal bone and attached to both rings of bit to avoid getting tongue over. The tongue bit used successfully in the city area is the thick wire type W-bit which is fitted over bridle, by putting W section up underneath bit so that the raised section is in the middle of the mouth to stop the tongue being put over. Rubber or metal attached to snaffle of bit, extending up the tongue are allowed.


Ear Plugs

Not permitted when horse walks on to track from enclosure.


Wind Sucking Device

Chain and strap (leather) may be used subject to gear being inspected by Stewards.



Rubber grips, and if buckles are attached, leather keepers or stoppers must be used to avoid rings when used, becoming entangled in buckles.
Rubber track work reins (Zilco) may not be used in races.



To be stitched the full length on the outside of leg in contrasting thread. Elastoplast and other adhesive type bandages should not extend down the fetlock. Elastoplast or adhesive type material may be applied to hind legs, and may be extended down over fetlock to avoid heel damage.
Equisport: bandages may be used as a full length tendon support and may include the fetlock joint. Equisport bandages must be applied in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines.


Should be good quality and light for racing purposes, and must have buckles, not interlocking material or press-studs. Boots may be worn with elastoplast but not with bandages. Leather scalpers to have buckles, rubber scalpers with buckles, hock boots to be light-weight construction in leather for racing.

Side Winkers

Lambs wool side winkers of a design approved by the Stewards and attached to the cheekstrap of the bridle may be used.


All whips carried in races, trials and track work shall be of a design approved by the Stewards, and shall comply with the following specifications:-Shaft length not exceeding 560mm; Flap length 75-105mm; Flap width not less than 30mm, provided that the flap shall be made of soft leather and be open for at least 40mm.

Shock Absorbent Shoes/Plastic Pads

These have been approved for use in NSW on race days. The use of these shoes will be monitored by Stipendiary Stewards, Farriers and the TRB Veterinary Surgeon. A Trainer intending to fit Shock Absorbent Shoes/Plastic Pads to a runner must treat them as a gear change and therefore conform to the requirements of LR24(b).

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