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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2012, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Where should the noseband sit with a sidepull?

I'm interested to hear other people opinions and knowledge on this.

I recently bought a custom made side pull for Flop...we usually just ride in a halter with reins attached to the sides but I felt it was kinda tacky and so I just bought a side pull.

Now, I put the noseband in the same spot it goes when she has her halter on, but I've seen people who use Dr.Cooks bitless bridles who put the noseband a few inches away from the top of the mouth. I'm not sure if it makes any difference because the DC has a cross under action or not? I always felt like that was way too low for the noseband to be. But I just put my sidepulls noseband right where her halters noseband would fit and it was fine. I just wanted to make sure that I'm doing this right so I don't look like a moron.

Here's a picture of it today. To me it looks like the noseband could *maybe* go down a bit but opinions are welcome of course!



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Awww, I love those colors on her!

I was told once that a sidepull (or a hackamore, for that matter) should sit about two finger widths away from the cheek/jowl bone/area.
Another thing to look for is that soft area right above the nostrils. There's a point on every horse's face where there is skin and very soft cartilage, but no bone. You want the sidepull noseband to be sitting on bone (if it sits in that soft area and you pull to hard, you can cut off most of the horse's oxygen supply... ), not in that soft area.

On Lacey, this is about where I like to have all my bitless options sit. I've played around with it a bit and this is where she responds to it the best while staying out of that soft area:




I think you have it placed pretty well on Miss Flopsy. I might move it a snick farther down her nose, but at that point you might be getting closer than she'll like to that soft area. Play around with it and see what she likes the best. When you find the right spot, everywhere else will feel a little less finessed. :)
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Thank ya! I've seen people put the noseband so far down it sits where a figure 8 noseband would kinda around the mouth

But then I've seen it where I have it on her so I'm like not sure if it's just personal preference or I'm just not Doing this right.
But either way she responded best with the halter and I tried to get it to sit practically in the same place as it did with the halter because I know the whole wrap around the nose idea didn't look right.....

Thanks!
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I've always fitted a Scawbrig (basically similar) in the same position as a drop noseband ie. On the nasal bone about four finger-widths above the nostrils. It musn't be any lower or it acts on cartilage, and can cause damage, and if higher the curb strap can pull up too far and rub on the the lower jaw.

But really it's down to how the horse reacts. If it seems comfortable and is controllable where you have yours fitted then stick with that :)

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I've always been told that it should sit two finger widths down from the tear bone, like a halter. It makes me cringe when I see people with mechanical hack really low on the nose.

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Omg I love my cotton reins! I got them from horse.com an I have two pairs. I'm trying to order a pink and black set of barrel reins though to match the side pull :)
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