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  • Purpose of the noseband in english riding

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    04-23-2009, 10:13 PM
To ENGLISH riders - noseband

I recently got an english bridle (because my western bridle - english saddle combination was way too funny). Something like this Vespucci Fancy Raised Hunt Bridle - Dover Saddlery. (not THAT expensive though :) ).

So my question is what is the purpose of noseband? Frankly, I took it off from the bridle. But I'm just curious.
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    04-23-2009, 10:15 PM
I'm curious too. I just don't understand the point of nosebands.
    04-23-2009, 11:01 PM
Green Broke
It is just a noseband..... It helps keep their mouth and jaw shut.
    04-23-2009, 11:22 PM
When fitted properly the main purpose they serve is to stop EXCESSIVE opening of the mouth. I also find they make the face of most horses more complete when they are used.
Too many people fit them too tightly which creates tension in the horse as it can't properly mouth the bit and accept it properlly.
If you use it remember you should be able to fit 2 fingers between the noseband and your horses nose, if you didnt know :)
    04-23-2009, 11:26 PM
Green Broke
Nope, it shouldn't even keep their mouth shut, not if fitted properly. It's just fashion, lol. To hold the mouth shut, it would have to be low, like a dropped noseband, and TIGHT.

A regular "french" caveson is fashion only. It should be 2 fingers (about 1.5") below the cheek bone and snug, but loose enough that you can fit a finger under it easily. The horse in that ad has his a tad too high.

Here's my daughter last June, for a spring/summer photo shoot on my mare. She's wearing her "show bridle" (that never has seen any shows, lol). Her's is a tad high too, but not as bad as the photo on Dover.

(Yes, she normally wears a helmet, pants, and boots when riding! Lol)
    04-23-2009, 11:35 PM
Green Broke
Yea, I guess I was more thinking along the lines of a flash. You daughter is very pretty! I just noticed you live in Arkansas! I really hope it doesn't go back to the fortys! BRRRRRRRR
    04-23-2009, 11:43 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Yea, I guess I was more thinking along the lines of a flash. You daughter is very pretty! I just noticed you live in Arkansas! I really hope it doesn't go back to the fortys! BRRRRRRRR
Are you in Arkansas too? What part? I'm a stone's throw from Pinnacle Mountain, just outside LR city limits.

90 was sure nice today! I sat outside in the sun and just drank it up . If it goes down to 40, I'm moving to Arizona, lol.
    04-23-2009, 11:49 PM
Green Broke
Oh, I am just inside city limits! We are more towards the southern part though! I'll come with you to Arizona! Our weather is WAYYYYYY to strange. One minute we are all wearing coats and Uggs, the next, shorts and flip flops!
    04-24-2009, 04:21 AM
If you don't mind a bit of reading this article is very good!
::: Sustainable Dressage - Tack & Auxillary Equipment - The Bridle & the Bit :::
But to sum it up, the main purpose of the noseband, like someone else said, is to stop excessive opening of the mouth and avoidance of the bit. It should not be tight, the aim in not to strap the jaw firmly shut, but to discourage the above behaviour.
    04-24-2009, 04:49 AM
It's really just a fashion thing and people like the look of them. I don't often have the noseband on mine unless showing. In fact I only have show bridles with the noseband on. It doesn't really stop the mouth opening at all...possibly a tiny reminder to the horse that there is a slight pressure there... and to be honest I don't think makes one bit of difference to control etc.... It's just meant to look nice... though I like the look without it!!!

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