The Flash noseband , named after a now long forgotton showjumper , was devised originally to combine the action of the drop with a noseband that would also provide a point of anchorage for a standing martingale - at one time an obligatory item of equipment for a jumping horse . Obviously the attcahment of a standing martingale to the usuall type of drop noseband would result in an unacceptably severe action on the sensitive nose area. The Flash noseband , therefore , provided a proper solution to the problem .
The Drop noseband .
There are a number of patterns of drop noseband . All of them succeed in closing the mouth ( opening of the mouth or crossing of the jaws , thereby sliding the bit through the mouth and so avoiding the correct action , being common evasions ) . Even more important is the fact that the drop noseband , used in conjuction with a snaffle , alters the whole conception of the snaffle bit. The noseband imposes pressure on the nose , following pressure on the bit through the reins, and the resultant position of the head (i.e. lowered because of the nose pressure ) allows the bit to bear more directly across the lower jaw, exerting a downward and inward force as opposed to the normal upward pull when the bit is acting purely on the corners of the mouth. Briefly , therefore , it is possible to produce very adequate flexion of the lower jaw and the poll, not normally possible with the snaffle alone. The drop noseband, by positioning the head correctly , materially assists the riders control , and although it qualifies as an accessory to the bit, it has its own place in the training of the horse.
The correct fitting of the drop noseband is for the nosepiece, to lie some 6-8cm above the nostrils just below the termination of the facial bones, with the rear strap fastening under the bit and lying in the curb groove. I t should fit snugly but not too tightly and thus should have no excessively severe effect upon the wind.
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