Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
They distribute pressure more equally than a regular caveson with a flash.
To be honest, with most horse's head conformation, for the flash to fit correctly, the caveson is too low, or vise versa. The flash attachment on a caveson is relative new and became a fad, the figure 8 nosebands are more practical and more effective (and fit better) for the purpose of the horse not crossing their jaw.
When I was first training my gelding to go on contact (he was started western) I used a figure 8 for the first 3 months or so, so that he would not learn to cross his jaw, and then I switched over to a regular caveson. I keep a figure 8 should I need it again.
For me too, I really dislike the look of flashes, so would use a figure 8 for that reason should I need it, but right now both horses go in a loosely fitted regular caveson (I like the wide ones with padding from Bobby's bridles). It is a classy look that never goes out of style.