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    06-08-2013, 09:40 PM
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Hello! I've been looking for a new bridle for my OTTB Lilly, there is nothing wrong with her current caveson, but I was reading up on different bridles for higher jumping (3'7-4'0)
Which would you choose?
What does a figure 8 bridle do? Thanks
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    06-09-2013, 12:19 AM
Cavessons are just fine for any level of jumping. Do you show hunters, jumpers, eventing....? If you're showing hunters, you can only use a regular cavesson. If you're riding for fun or showing jumpers or eventing, you can use a cavesson, flash, drop, or figure eight (aka grackle).

The flash noseband is often misused. It's intended purpose is to hold a loose ring snaffle steady in the horse's mouth so it doesn't disturb the communication between your hand and the horse's mouth. Many people use it to hold the mouth shut, which is incorrect.

Grackle (figure 8) nosebands prevent the horse from crossing his jaw.

I'm not a fan of drop nosebands because they rest on a very fragile part of the bone that is easily fractured. However, some people like them.
    06-09-2013, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
... Not exactly sure why you would need a different bridle to jump higher?
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    06-09-2013, 12:28 AM
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The figure eight noseband is a CORRECTIVE piece of equipment and shouldn't be used unless your horse needs it. Sadly, like the standing martingale in hunters and the flash noseband in dressage, these corrective items have become a "fashion" statement. All it says to me is that the horse either has a problem where it is needed, or the rider is a slave to fashion.

I showed a stallion in dressage, event and jumpers and all I used was a simple noseband and, for the most part, a hollowmouth snaffle. I used only what he needed and nothing more.
    06-09-2013, 12:39 AM
I don't see why you would need to change her bridle if she goes fine in her current bridle. I would say to try out some bigger jumps and if you think you need a little more controll you could try different types to see what to respond to. Usually there is no reason to change bridles for high jumping if there is no problem with low jumping.
    06-09-2013, 02:18 AM

Thank you!
Im an eventer, yet I have another horse who is a hunter, not made for eventing.

@Equiniphile, Thank you! I haven't been to many hunter shows so I wouldn't know that, so thank you!

@SlideStop, I was told by 2 trainers that a different bridle would help give more release to my horse. When Lilly goes over a jump its like a gigantic buck and its harder to release and give her some slack..

@Allison Finch, Thank you! I understand how some bridles can be a fashion statement and used as an accessory.

@Equitation, The reason I would wanna change her bridle is because she seemed to react negatively going over larger jumps, when I used my friends bridle, (same bit, same style) she reacts so much nicer, that's why I asked.

Thank you!
    06-09-2013, 02:46 AM
Similar question- are crank nosebands 'legal' in hunter land? I'd like to do a few hunter classes this year and plan on putting Jackson in the show bridle I bought forever ago, but it has a crank. I'm 80% sure it was marked as a hunter bridle when I bought it, so I assume they are, but who knows.
    06-09-2013, 02:56 AM
I believe crank bridles are allowed, but i'd double check or bring an extra bridle just incase.
    06-09-2013, 03:07 AM
Green Broke
You working on your release will give her a better release. I fail to see how adding on another piece of equipment to tie her mouth shut will help her react less negatively to larger jumps. Maybe she is acting out because her body can't take the strain of jumping 4 foot?
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    06-09-2013, 04:05 AM
@SlideStop, I release as much as I can before I break my back, and she has jumped 5'3.. She is usually fine, just the past two weeks she's been weird. Took her to the vet, all is well.. She's just being naughty.

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