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post #1 of 6 Old 02-01-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Figure Eight Bridles

Hey all,

Im needing a show bridle and just looking around and have a question...

Is there a specific reason one uses a figure eight bridle? What the reasons behind using one?

Right now I dont ride with a flash and will be showing H/J

So should I look into one or just get a padded fancy stiched snaffle bridle?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-01-2012, 03:22 PM
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I use one because my horse tends to be on her forehand and sticks her tongue out. I wouldn't if I didn't have to!

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If you're showing H/J then I'd get a regular cavesson. Figure 8s aren't proper hunt tack, although they are fine in the jumper ring. If you ever need a flash for the jumper ring, it's easy to buy a converter and add one to a regular cavesson.

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The function of all nosebands is to keep the mouth closed – granted, each type does this to a different degree: a regular caveson being the least "severe."

A figure-8 noseband is just another way to keep the mouth shut; it's stronger than a flash, and (I hesitate to use this term) more "severe." If you don't need a flash, you certainly don't need a figure-8 noseband. Also, if you're showing H/J, they're not appropriate for the show ring.

I'd recommend just getting that padded fancy stitched snaffle bridle(:

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A figure 8 bridle is used, and designed for horses who cross their jaws to evade the bit. The figure 8 doesn't rest on the face as low as a flash would - the cross over point is set higher up, which allows the horse to breath "better" since it doesn't inhibit the nasal passages.

A flash, is set lower down on the face, and can hinder the horses breathing due to how it crosses over the nasal passages. A flash, does not aid much for a horse who crosses their jaw. A flash's original design and intention is to help stabilize a loose ring snaffle when in use in the dressage ring. NOT to clamp the mouth shut.

I use a figure 8, over a flash. Figure 8's are not more severe.

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Thank you, MIE. Clarity is always a good thing!
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