04-08-2011, 06:43 PM
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Before you decide on a flash or drop or fig 8, I ask WHY do you want one? What purpose does it serve for YOUR horse specifically? I'm a strong believer in riding in minimal tack and accessories whenever possible and frequently school my hunter pace/jumper in just a mullen snaffle, curb rein out of use, no noseband at all, no martinagles, etc.
If you want something for LOOKS, I ask you to PLEASE first learn about it's EFFECTS on horse and rider.
Using unnecessary tack imo is one of the best ways to teach a horse to evade the aids. And one of the hardest things to correct.
I always tell my students unless you can give me a good solid honest reason that is 100% sound and convincing as to WHY you use the tack you use, I make them stick with a basic cavesson, bridle, reins, and bit.
Even my hot hot hot hunter pace/jumper who goes XC in a 5pt breastcollar, running martingale, ad fig 8 goes at home in what I said above - mullen snaffle no accessories, at all. Why does he use them XC? Because he is hot and when we're on a 12 mile hunter pace jumping obstacles 3'+ that are solid items all at speed, I want the emergency brake there if I need it. Good thing is thanks to the time and training I put into him without any of that stuff, I rarely (if ever) need it.