I was told that a rope noseband is more severe than a metal noseband like this:
This is what I was told:
"Actually, just an FYI...these kinds of nosebands won't tear up a horse's nose near as much as a rope noseband...especially if it's one of those narrow piggin string nosebands. This is for a horse that tends to lean on a noseband and on your hands. It has just enough bite that they will back off of it and not lean on it like they would other nosebands. In fact, most of them almost immediately tend to back off and pay attention,thus saving their nose. Of course, ANY bit, even a snaffle, can be harsh in the wrong hands."
Is it true?
[I know the last part about any bit being harsh is true.]