Along with the throatlatch, the brow band keeps the bridle in the correct place on the head.. the throat latch keeps it from slipping up and over the ears, and the brow band keeps it from slipping back on the neck. Most bridles have brow bands of some sort, so I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to ride without one.
If you don't like the browband why not ride with a western headstall (you can still use a caveson if you want)? They have heastalls with a piece of leather over one or both ears. (I prefer one eared headstalls when I ride western, but that's my preference)
If your just riding at home/trail riding theres nothing wrong with using a snaffle in a western headstall with a caveson and english style reins.. that's one solution that will help the bridle stay in place and please you physically.. =]
I don't like browbands either. Vida has on a one ear with a throat latch here but I have one similar to the the next picture that I prefer. I think I would just buy a new headstall rather then taking one apart. I also would never buy the one in the photo with the chicago screws I prefer a leather connection. The screws have a tendency to work their way out, but the photo gives you the idea.
Thanks to all that replied. That is what I was thinking...the headstall doesn't have a brow band, I could take my brow band off, but wasn't sure if that would be good. I use a headstall on one of my other horses (I don't really ride him, he's for guest), but the horse I am riding, has an ear touching problem, and its hard getting his ears between the brow band and throat latch. So until I get him used to having his ears touched, that was my thought.
Again, thanks. I haven't decided yet what I'll try.
The brow band keeps the bridle in place so it doesn't slide down the horse's neck and you can get the one ear bridles, to take the brow band off isn't a bad thing to do I've seen many many people do it and it doesn't exactly affect anything if the bridle fits correctly.
Of course the browband is important, but not exactly necessary. Where I ride we use more of a well, red-neck, approach. Which means we use only a bit, curb strap and a piece of rope. Minus the tiedown that is in the picture.