11-09-2012, 11:57 AM
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I hate flash nosebands and would personally burn anyone who tried to stick one on my horse - who for the record goes in a correctly adjusted drop noseband meant to guard purely against excessive gaping because he's green and doesn't need to learn that habit.
The problem with a flash is that when you adjust them correctly, with two fingers under both straps, when the horse gapes he's going to pull down on the flash portion, which moves the junction between the two straps down the nose making it a useless strap floating around your horse's mouth. This is why people who use them will tighten them right up on both straps, to prevent the movement, which actually makes it move just as much because there's more pressure pulling it all down than there is keeping it up (which is what's happening in the photo from the article above). Don't believe me? Find something cone shaped and try to tie a piece of string around it - it will ALWAYS move towards the narrow point as you tighten it.
As for the flash vs drop argument - it's mainly fashion that fuels the fight there. The common opinion is that drops make heads look long, and this is true to a certain extent. Drops don't suit every head, BUT would you rather a pretty looking noseband or a functional one? I know what I prefer.