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post #1 of 15 Old 04-16-2009, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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tack nose band

what is the point of a tack nose band?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-16-2009, 05:29 PM
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That really depends on what kind of noseband you are talking about.

The thick nosebands in western riding are referred to as tie-downs. They are used in speed events to give the horse something to brace against to help him keep his balance. Although a lot of people use them on high-headed horses thinking that it will help keep the horses head down. That ususally only makes the problem worse.

Then again, there are bosals that look like nosebands. They are basically a bitless bridle.

I am unsure to the real purpose to the english noseband except when people use them to clamp the horses mouth shut that is often seen in jumpers and dressage. An english rider will have to help you with that one.

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I was talking about the nose band that has unsharp tacks on them. What is the point of those?
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Noseband with tacks on it?!
Could you please provide a picture of exactly what you're talking about?

My speculation (yuck) is:
- Makes it painful for the horse to open its mouth
- If used as a tiedown, makes it very painful for the horse to come up and make the tiedown noseband taught.


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I've never heard of such a thing, but I agree with JDI about the possible "uses" it has...
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They are used with a standing martingale for horses who carry their head high or can be used alone (not incredibly effective) for those who open their mouths too much. When they raise their head too high they will hit the tack/pressure and come back down. The noseband is not tightened as much as a regular noseband and the tacks (studs or chains) are very dull. It reinforces the martingale if they are ignoring that and it is "self-inflicted" by the horse.
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Sounds like whomever uses those - have lack of education on how to properly ride a horse as far as I am concerned. Poor horses. I'd buck my rider off if they did that to me.
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They are used with a standing martingale for horses who carry their head high or can be used alone (not incredibly effective) for those who open their mouths too much. When they raise their head too high they will hit the tack/pressure and come back down. The noseband is not tightened as much as a regular noseband and the tacks (studs or chains) are very dull. It reinforces the martingale if they are ignoring that and it is "self-inflicted" by the horse.
Wow! Sounds scary!
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thanks.
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They are used with a standing martingale for horses who carry their head high or can be used alone (not incredibly effective) for those who open their mouths too much. When they raise their head too high they will hit the tack/pressure and come back down. The noseband is not tightened as much as a regular noseband and the tacks (studs or chains) are very dull. It reinforces the martingale if they are ignoring that and it is "self-inflicted" by the horse.

Yeah, i've seen these before, although I don't see as many as I used to. I think the small chain links on the inside of the noseband are more popular since they're a little kinder. I'm not a fan. I know some jumpers who use them. (jumpers tend to use almost anything....), someone told me that they're good for horses that are really hot/powerful and need something something stronger for control, but are too sensitive to go well in a harsher bit. Kind of the same theory as a stronger hackamore.

Just to clarify, the ones i've seen are called 'tack nosebands' but they weren't like, thumbtacks. They were little metal stud type things, not giant sharp needles. Either way, i'm not a huge fan!
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