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Using a flash or not?

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        04-03-2013, 03:47 PM
    You don't need a flash at any level of dressage.

    While I prefer the cleaner look of a noseband without the tab hanging down, the judge can't ethically mark someone down for having the tab there without the flash band- equipment needs to conform to the rules; if it doesn't, you can be disqualified, but judges can't mark you down just because they don't like your noseband (or your saddle isn't perfectly clean, or your braiding wasn't done perfectly, etc.)

    If you decide you like the look and want to have a flash in the show ring, be sure to practice with it at home and don't overtighten.
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        04-03-2013, 05:44 PM
    Thanks everyone. Great feedback.

    And yeah.... I'm not cutting it off.
        05-05-2013, 01:45 AM
    I recently sent one of my horses to a wonderful Classical Dressage trainer and the first thing he did was take off both the flash AND the entire nose band! For now at least, he has no problem with my horse opening his mouth as he learns how to be "soft". The trainer rides him with a very light rein and almost entirely off his seat. I'm really thrilled with the results so far.

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