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post #1 of 12 Old 09-15-2014, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Bridle question

Hey guys, I'm new to the horse forum and the horsey world!

So I'm looking at the Hanoverian bridle and it has like a leather strip with a buckle attached to the noseband, that just wraps around the muzzle and sits over the bit. I was wondering if that was just for making sure the bit doesn't slip/move around, but I could be wrong. And also when is it necessary to have on. My friends use it but our riding school doesn't really, they take it off.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-16-2014, 12:20 AM
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Hi, I'm still newish to horses too, but the strap you are referring to is called a flash (or it is where I'm from) and it is to stop the horse opening its mouth to try and avoid the bit. Shouldn't really be used to stop the bit slipping, as that would mean the bit wasn't fitting well. That's how I understand it anyway.

Some people may also use them for looks or just because others do, can be a personal preference :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-16-2014, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Yep that's the one, cheers for the answer!
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A flash noseband sits high on the horse's face and forms a X with the top strap going under the cheek pieces whilst the other goes over the top of the bit.
It is meant to stop a horse crossing its jaw.

What you are describing to me is a drop noseband which goes lower than a normal noseband and over the bit. It is meant to stop a horse opening its mouth.
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Here's a flash connected to a plain cavesson noseband. The flash is an extra band that can be attached to a plain or crank cavesson and goes in front of the bit:


What Foxhunter described sounds to me like a figure-8 or grackle noseband:


And here's a dropped noseband:


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Flash or Hanoverian Noseband, used to keep the mouth shut:


Figure 8 or Grackle noseband, used to keep mouth shut and jaw from crossing:



Drop Noseband, used to keep mouth shut:
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Looks like we had the same idea, verona!
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Just curious as I've never used any of these, when would they actually be needed? Not sure how a horse opening his mouth would be bad enough to warrant tying his mouth shut. Crossing the jaw, maybe... Is this actually needed or a "it makes my pony look better" type thing?

If that sounded crabby it's not meant to be ;) Just curious! TIA :)

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Just curious as I've never used any of these, when would they actually be needed? Not sure how a horse opening his mouth would be bad enough to warrant tying his mouth shut. Crossing the jaw, maybe... Is this actually needed or a "it makes my pony look better" type thing?

If that sounded crabby it's not meant to be ;) Just curious! TIA :)
Sometimes it's definitely a fashion thing- flash nosebands are very popular in dressage, for example. I also have never needed to use any of those nosebands and had a surprisingly hard time finding a bridle with a plain noseband in black. Many of the bridles have a removable flash, but then you still have the tag hanging down...

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Sometimes it's definitely a fashion thing- flash nosebands are very popular in dressage, for example. I also have never needed to use any of those nosebands and had a surprisingly hard time finding a bridle with a plain noseband in black. Many of the bridles have a removable flash, but then you still have the tag hanging down...
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