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post #1 of 11 Old 02-06-2010, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Do people think there is enough information about types of nosebands and what they do

Hi there I'm doing a project for university on the amount of information available on the types of noseband available and what action they have on the horse.
What I'd like to know is
1) Do people think there is enough information on the types of nosebands
2) Is the information easily available
3) Where did you find out about the types of nosebands

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-06-2010, 08:39 AM
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No and no. The only information that I think is readily available is the descriptions in the tack catalog.

As for number 3, I'd say common sense, experience and experimentation, and talking to other horseman.
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There is a huge amount of information on most nosebands -- all one has to do is go look for it.

The HorseForum has many threads which discuss nosebands and their uses + peoples opinions of them , and I know for a fact that there are lots of other forums that do the same.

All well as forums there is also GOOGLE search which brings up links to lots of websites which has information on just about everything - I also have several books which have nosebands and their uses outlined , and, in some cases detailed descriptions.

What I find in the world of today is people being either just lazy or have an inability to read.

I see nosebands fitted incorrectly, being used for the wrong purposes or as some sort of fashion trend. Some BO , trainers and even in some cases manufacturers have no clue about most tack - yet these are the very people that most rely on for their information.

So I would say Yes, Yes , and Yes to 1,2 and 3 - the problem is not the information or its availability but peoples inability to either look for it or use the information correctly.
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Thankyou both for your replys anybody else have an opinion

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I think that there are other areas you could spend your time on that would be of greater service to people.

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A 'University' project? For real?

Wow, that explains so much.
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I am with Maura - no and no and I had to learn on my own, through discussions with other horse folk and associations like Pony Club.

I wish I had my old Pony Club manual here with me - I'm going to have to get my Mom to send it to me. I remember it had a huge section on tack and the uses of each indavidual piece.

I do like Wikipedia's discussion on the topic though:

Noseband - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Nutty,

I think the key word in the OP's post is "easily." Yes, the information is available, but is it "easily" availabe to the average amateur? In form they can understand? I think the answer is no, but Nutty, I understand your point of view on this. If you look through the posts on this forum, about half of the questions asked can be answered with a simple Google search, yet people post the question here, rather than Googling themselves.

The other key point is that I wouldn't put a piece of tack on a horse if I didn't have an good working knowledge of its mechanics and function, and hadn't done some additional research on it as well. However, the world, and this board, is full of people who put tack on a horse because 1.) they think it looks cool or "dresses the horse up" 2.) someone recommended it to them or 3.) they saw if on another horse 4.) it was hanging in their tack room oor 5.) It came with the horse when they bought it, with very little idea of how it functions.
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Ok I am going to qualify my position a little bit

Question 1 Information
MIE mentions both Wikipedia and the Pony Club Manual . Both of these have descriptions of use and fitting of most nosebands . I also have a copy of Saddlery by Elwyn Hartly Edwards which also has uses and fitting.
A recent UK published magazine called Horse & Rider had an article on nosebands. I know that if you type in nosebands in wikipedia it will give you the most common nosebands and from that you can search Cavesson, Flash, Drop ,Grakle and Kineton ( the most common nosebands ) in this forum you will find hundreds of threads which discuss nosebands. So ALL of the information anybody could possibly want is avialiable.

Question 2 Availability and ease of access - Wikipedia , google , forums , books , trainers , other horse people are all available, easy to talk to and in most cases free advice is there for the asking

Question 3 Where to find out the information.

As previously stated if you type in Nosebands in Wikipedia it will list the most common nosebands, most saddlery , tack, training manuals will have a section on nosebands which is in the index of the book. You could walk upto most trainers and other horse people and talk about nosebands.


As I said before - the information is there, it is easy to get hold of and if you have an ounce of intelligence is easy to understand. Some people today just seem to be lazy and want to be baby-fed everything.

When I first started riding in 1984 things were different as I was limited to books, magazines and local people, but today I can ( this forum is a perfect example ) talk about almost anything with enlightened people from all over the planet - all I have to do is ask - and read.
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yes a university project we all get to pic our own mini project and from talking to various people I don't think people know enough about the different types of nosebands and use them for the wrong reasons such as fashion one case study was a girl who put a grackle on her pony because 'it looks pretty' or just stick to a plain cavesson due to the lack of knowledge they have.

Thankyou for all your comments, if you have any more please feel free.
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