Originally Posted by Tnavas
blu eyed pony - so totally agree with you - having just spent the day travelling around the areas saddlery stores trying to find a cavesson noseband for my horse. I'm going to have to have one made! Grrr
Also agree that to many horses these days have their mouths jammed shut - the lady I trained with - an International Dressage judge would not let us use anything but a snaffle and cavesson. Anything else showed off the fact your horse had a mouth problem.
I with I could use a plain cavesson but O/S isn't big enough for my horse.. he's on the last (first) hole so I usually have to punch one between the start of the tip and the hole.. so it barely makes it through the keeper.
When I get a job, I need to order a very super duper custom bridle for him. But for now he gets to have one that fits everything else fairly well.
Originally Posted by crimsonsky
both of my dressage bridles (well all three actually - two are exactly the same bridle) have crank nosebands and flash attachments. I take the flash off and never EVER "crank" the crank. I personally like the look and fit of the crank but I would never use it as a leverage piece like I have seen done at times.
Yeah me either, I can fit 1-2 fingers in there easily, but like I said above, I had to punch holes to make it happen.
Originally Posted by Kayty
My competition bridle has a crank noseband - and like crimson, I NEVER 'crank' it. I just like the ease of doing it up, the padded back on it and the look of it. But it is adjusted as loosely as a cavesson.
It does irk me a little when people jump up and down if your horse has a crank on, just because it's there, does NOT mean your horse has a mouth problem and you're clamping its jaw shut.
Very true! My horse doesn't have a mouth issue and my instructor wants me to use the flash portion. I just kind of was left with the crank option because they didn't have O/S and the O/S they had wasn't big enough.
He seems happy in it and it fits better than the horse sized one :)