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My mare has issues with straighness, and falls out of the circle on the right rein. I know that this is an issue of retaining and aids, but after a friend watched me ride she suggested a Grackle noseband, and told me that it would help.

I've googled it a few times but there never seems to be a straight answer! What are they used for, and would our training benefit from the use of one? To help with straightness? I don't really see how a noseband would make a huge difference, but I could be wrong..
My mare has a soft mouth, i use a loose ring french link and a plain cavesson noseband at the moment.

Any thoughts? Thanks a lot :)
 

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You are absolutely correct! Straightness issues are purely a training issue, not something that can be fixed with tack!

A grackle (figure 8) noseband holds the bit better in the horse's mouth and keeps him from opening or crossing his jaw, while allowing for more airflow (compared to a flash). Strapping one on your horse (or doing anything in an attempt to ride the horse's mouth or front end) doesn't do much for her straightness. Trust your instinct on this one!
 

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