Originally Posted by koomy56
My understanding and belief is that with a too tight of a noseband, the horse cannot relax and move his jaw as needed to be correct through his entire body. If the horse cannot move his jaw, then his back muscles have no chance of softening. And unable to move their jaw, they move their tongue and often develop the habit of sucking them up trying to find relief.
What do you guys do?
I love you. There are so many new 'dressage people' who think that dressage is all about the neck and headset, but it's not. It is about the hind legs and back. A round back and active, loose hindlegs will get the perfect headset anyways. The real problem with tight nosebands is they cause the cheeks to get pressed into the teeth, causing sores.