Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
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.