Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
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