Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I absolutely hate flash nosebands. They keep the mouth closed... and if your horse is avoiding the bit or opening his mouth, then perhaps you should look at reasons as to WHY he's doing that, rather than just strapping his jaw shut.
Having said that, I just bought a figure-8 bridle, which does that and also prevents crossing of the jaw... however I did not buy it for those reasons. I bought it because Denny looks darn good in one... that's it. The straps are fairly loose.
My biggest pet peeve is seeing flash nosebands that are too tight. They can impair breathing ability.
The other day I actually saw a Dressage book with a horse in a double bridle and a flash done up too tight - I about had a fit!
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