Originally Posted by Ahsisi
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!