bridle question

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

bridle question

This is a discussion on bridle question within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-21-2010, 04:03 PM
bridle question

There are so many different styles of english bridles, with the nose bands being different and all. Is it all just 'looks' or do they serve different purposes?
I like the way these 'look' but I don't know if I've ever ridden with one and wonder how a horse would take to having that extra piece in front of the bit if they weren't used to it?
Sponsored Links
    01-21-2010, 04:10 PM
Flashes/Figure Eights on bridles serve as a way to keep the horses mouth closed, like if your horse gapes to try and push the bit out with its tongue. For a horse that doesn't need it, it doesn't really have a use other than to soak up more of your money buying the thing! It doesnt affect the way the horse rides at all, its just more of a piece of equipment that corrects/ prevents behaviors.

That's about all I know about english bridles, lol, I'm a western girl myself. However, I suggest that if you don't know what a certain piece of tack does, the general rule is don't buy it. Talk to a trainer, and see what they think your horse needs, whether it be for showing purposes or because you think your horse might go better in something else.
    01-21-2010, 04:10 PM
I'm getting one that looks like this too, except the extra piece is removable on mine
    01-21-2010, 04:11 PM
Green Broke
The extra leather peice is called a "Flash" it helps keep the horses mouth shut, helps some horses not play iwth the bit to much, it is very common among the english bridles.
    01-21-2010, 11:31 PM
The flash was originally designed for showjumpers, in my understanding, to offer the bit stabilization and jaw control of the drop noseband, along with a good attachment point for a standing martingale at the cavesson portion of the noseband. Ideally, not for "tying the mouth shut" unless there's some extreme, irreparable reason the horse is gapping, it's more for stabilizing "sloppier" bits like loose rings or french links. Rarely is it truly necessary to ride a horse who has had a good foundation and understanding of the aids in a flash bridle. They're currently pretty fashionable to be used as a "quick fix" for horses ridden from the front back, or that evade the bit. Watch your discipline rulebook for how legal they are in your events if you're competing... hunter classes I'm pretty sure have issues with them in competition.

As far as introducing it, I'd just start with it fairly loose and gradually tighten it to the correct tension as the horse acclimates. If it's so tight that the cavesson band is being pulled down, it's too tight and can restrict breathing. You should be able to slide your finger around the band, and fit 2 fingers between the band and the horse's face.
    01-22-2010, 03:13 AM
Good post scoutrider

Saved me a lot of typing , by the way the ' Flash ' was named after an english showjumper called -- Flash -- who wanted a Drop noseband action that he could attach a standing martingale onto, hence the drop action on a cavesson noseband.
    01-22-2010, 09:01 AM
And figure 8s aren't for keeping the mouth shut either, their purpose is to keep the horse from crossing their jaw. The design also promotes expansion of the nostrils, so it's a popular choice for racing, eventing and other galloping sports.
    01-22-2010, 11:25 AM
Originally Posted by Nutty Saddler    
by the way the ' Flash ' was named after an english showjumper called -- Flash -- who wanted a Drop noseband action that he could attach a standing martingale onto, hence the drop action on a cavesson noseband.
That's really interesting! I never knew that that's how the flash got it's name. Seems like I learn something every day on this forum!
    01-22-2010, 07:50 PM
All very good information! I figured the 'flash' was for keeping the horses mouth shut, which I don't think is an issue for me...I just liked the way they look. Guess I'll stick with a regular old bridle with regular old noseband
    01-23-2010, 03:20 PM
A flash might not be "supposed to keep the mouth shut" but in my experience, around here, that's exactly how they're used.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BITLESS BRIDLE QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!! mell Horse Training 6 12-05-2012 04:50 PM
bit and bridle question nate1 Horse Tack and Equipment 14 09-15-2009 01:05 PM
New Bridle Ne0n Zero Horse Tack and Equipment 7 03-24-2009 10:46 AM
bridle question (with pictures) SonnyWimps Horse Tack and Equipment 8 05-16-2008 05:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0