Originally Posted by maura
Tymer, I am not familiar with any of the information you've posted, it almost sounds like you're confusing a figure 8 noseband with a running martingale?
Nosebands of any kind do not:
1.) keep constant pressure on the mouth even if the reins are completely slack.
2.) keep the horse's head down. (except perhaps a racehorse shadown roll)
3.) keep the bit constantly pulling on the horse's mouth.
4.) keep the horse from dropping the bit.
I'm also a bit vague on how doing lots of ground work will improve a horse's ability to make tighter or more accurate turns on a jumper course.
Rereading my post, yes, I was quite vague.
What I have been taught is that it keeps the bit in their mouth. I messed up and said it will put constant pressure on the bit, but I was mistaken. I meant that keeps the bit on their mouth, which may irritate some horses. Its not exactly pulling. I don't mean drop the bit in a dressage way, but more in a literal way, as if the bridle is too large.
I don't mean plain old ground work, I meant work on turns and bending and such, but I hoped that was understood.
I apologize for any incorrect information or miswording in my other post. I'm tired and it has not been the greatest day for me, not to mention I am still learning.
Edit: Oh, I forgot one thing. The head down part was something I was told that I do not believe. I believe it was because it helps increase the bit's pressure...? I may be confusing it with the reasoning they gave me for using the elevator bit....Which would be head raising. Augh, I'm tired.