Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
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.