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post #1 of 17 Old 07-22-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Drop nose band?

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Is there some distinction between a nose band and a drop nose band? I need a new nose band for my dressage bridle. I didn't realize that crank nosebands were illegal. Is this one a suitable replacement? I don't use a flash, just a regular snaffle style noseband.

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yes, see the little metal ring that connects the part that goes over the nose to the part that goes under their face ? that allows the part with the buckle to move up or down to fit the face when the noseband is placed lower. i saw someone use it like a cavasson once, but i would just get a regular cavasson noseband.

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Okay, thanks. Know any websites that sell just nose bands?

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Redbarn Drop Noseband - Tack Accessories from SmartPak Equine

Is there some distinction between a nose band and a drop nose band? I need a new nose band for my dressage bridle. I didn't realize that crank nosebands were illegal. Is this one a suitable replacement? I don't use a flash, just a regular snaffle style noseband.

The lower part of a drop noseband actually fits below the bit, in the horse's curb groove. This means the upper strap sits low down the nose above the nostrils (3-4 fingers-width above) BUT still on the nasal bone rather than the cartilage right at the end, rather than 2 fingers below the projecting cheek bone like a cavesson. So the two parts of the noseband are at an angle to one another.

The idea is to encourage the horse to keep it's mouth closed, so not avoiding the bit.

If your horse is comfortable and obedient in a normal cavesson noseband, I'd stick with one of those. If it ain't broke, don't fix it

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Where did you hear that cranks are illegal?
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Cranks are illegal? Hallelujiah, praise the lord!
... I don't think they are, but I would be quite happy if that was the case...

Anyways... drop nosebands are to discourage a horse from opening its mouth in resistance to the bit; personally I dislike them, aesthetically and functionally. If I had my druthers, I'd prefer a flash noseband as it's less likely to restrict the airway at all should something fall out of place.


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This place sells a bunch of bridle pieces (including nosebands):
TACKZONE - English Nosebands

Most (if not all) are Bobby's English Tack, which is the brand of my bridle. It was (relatively) inexpensive and I've been very happy with how it's held up over the years.
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Crank nosebands are NOT illegal, what is illegal is having them tightened too much. There is a new rule where by stewards discretion you can be eliminated for having a too tight noseband of any kind.
I personally like the look of a crank, but never have them tight. The scary nosebands are the ones you tighten with a wrench!!
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Crank nosebands are NOT illegal, what is illegal is having them tightened too much. There is a new rule where by stewards discretion you can be eliminated for having a too tight noseband of any kind.
I personally like the look of a crank, but never have them tight. The scary nosebands are the ones you tighten with a wrench!!
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Great!! I too like the look of a crank, but hate the misuse of them.
Erm.. dare I ask where you saw one you tighten with a wrench?


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On some forum lol, there's a picture floating around the internet.... I'll have to try to find it when I'm not driving :P
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