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post #1 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Drop Nosebands, Flashes, and Figure 8s?

What are the reasons that some riders use these items?
Someone tried to tell me that it helped to keep a snaffle in the correct position, but I thought that was mainly a curb strap's/bit guards'/regular noseband's job?
And then someone else (I had to refrain from laughing, actually) tried telling me that their horse needs it to keep from biting..I mean, I was under the assumption that training fixed that, but whatever they want, since it's not my horse. :p

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 09:51 PM
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Unfortunately nosebands can be very much misused and are often used to clamp a jaw shut.

I use a flash on young/green horses, just to keep the bit a little more steady in their mouth, to stop them crossing their jaw on some horses. Also good for naughty ponies that like to open their mouth to get their tongue over the bit!

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Technically -

The drop noseband is supposed to help the horse get on the bit as well as hold the bit steadier than the traditional noseband. The flash is also intended to help hold the bit steady, as well as keep the horse from doing awkward things with its mouth - it can also be attached to a martingale. It is primarily intended for use in show jumping.

The figure eight is similar to the flash - except that it is also 'supposed to be' more comfortable for the hose and less restrictive around the nostrils and nasal passage.

These nosebands are not commonly - or intended - to be used to stop serious vices such as biting, but they are often used to prevent horses from keeping their mouths open, getting their tongues over the bit or crossing their jaws.

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I used a dropnose band on a mare that would stick her tongue out of the side of her mouth, worked.
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The figure eight is similar to the flash - except that it is also 'supposed to be' more comfortable for the hose and less restrictive around the nostrils and nasal passage.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-05-2011, 11:52 PM
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i use a flash on my horse because he constantly does weird things with his mouth, and pays more attention when his mouth somewhat closed.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-06-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Okay..so, I've decided on a flash. I'm kind of irked because I've only ever ridden western, with a western headstall or halter/bridle combo. I guess I'll just have to deal, eh?
I can see the slight advantage to having one, I just didn't like the answers I got when I checked out where I'll be riding for a year and a half.
Thanks everyone for their input and knowledge.(:
Would it be a possibility to add a flash to a halter/bridle combo? I'm looking at all nylon (and cotton split reins) because I just can't trust leather after my friend's whole saddle coming off on a long (almost 3 hour) trail ride because his tie strap broke.. Or, are there nylon English bridles with flashes..?
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