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I'm trying to be very very patient, and wait for Equine Affair in April in Columbus Ohio just to make sure I don't find something I like better. But I am looking into the Weaver Back in Black Collection. I am going to purchase headstall,reins,and breast collar. But as far as the nose band goes. Can this perticular nose band be used just for "decoration"? Or would it be more of a "purpose" nose band? My mare keeps her bit and takes it perfectly. :) just wondering if anyone had advise and do you think she would look good?. Also does anyone have black western leather saddle recommendations?
 

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If you're riding western it's not really necessary, more for decoration I believe since you don't direct rein/have direct contact.

But please correct me if I'm wrong
 

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I do see the spot for the tie down I missed that last time I looked at it. So I might by pass and see if I can find something to match or just forget it. I can't wait to have everything and shine her all up once her coat is blown. :) any ideas on a leather black western saddle to match? I am hoping there will be tons at the affair because I can't did one I like...it's either ugly or synthetic :(
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If you're riding western it's not really necessary, more for decoration I believe since you don't direct rein/have direct contact.

But please correct me if I'm wrong
Nosebands like the one Bubba posted are used by barrel racers, ropers, and other western performance horses, the noseband is hooked to a strap that goes between the horse's front legs and hooked on the girth. It is VERY important for the strap to be fitted to the horse..One size fits all does not work. (not reining or other "show" type horses). It's not just for decoration, it's used to keep a horse's head down instead of having it high in the air where you have less control and contact with their mouth. Not all horses have to wear a noseband and tiedown but my three do.
 

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Nosebands like the one Bubba posted are used by barrel racers, ropers, and other western performance horses, the noseband is hooked to a strap that goes between the horse's front legs and hooked on the girth. It is VERY important for the strap to be fitted to the horse..One size fits all does not work. (not reining or other "show" type horses). It's not just for decoration, it's used to keep a horse's head down instead of having it high in the air where you have less control and contact with their mouth. Not all horses have to wear a noseband and tiedown but my three do.
Thanks for teaching me something new!
 

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I dont think my mare needs a tie down she has a good head carriage i think...but def. informative...i always thought they were just to keep there heads down to make them "pretty" :-/
 

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I dont think my mare needs a tie down she has a good head carriage i think...but def. informative...i always thought they were just to keep there heads down to make them "pretty" :-/
Nope. I have seen a ton of people with a loose tiedown on because they think it looks cool but that's not the case. IMO, they have a very important purpose for some horses. My horses wear them so I'll have better contact and control of my horse's face and it seems to make them 'focus' on their job. There are a lot of different opinions about wearing a tiedown but that's just mine.
 

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I'm not saying it's just for headset, if I was concentrated on that I'd get a head setter or war bonnet...It's a multi-use tool that benefits a lot of horses. The difference in my horses and their performance is huge when wearing a tie-down as opposed to not wearing one...All of my tie-downs are fitted to each of my horses and they each have their own tie-down...As I said before that is opinion based on personal experience.

Bubba, just out of curiousity and hearing other people's opinions..What do you think about tie-downs and their use/purpose?
 

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Thanks, I agree 100%...I've definitely ridden a few who would have broken my nose throwing their head up like an idiot. And their owner refused the idea of any type of tie-down or head setter...She looked at me like I was a crazy person and it was "abuse"...Yeah right, let your horse break your face.
 
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