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Friday, October 23, 2009

Noseband FAIL

Erm, I think we may have this a bit too far down on her nose. Also, WTH is up with that bit and noseband combo?

Here is a pic of someone using the same bit with a rope halter/bridle thingie, also with the noseband down below the nasal bone.

16 comments:

  1. Wow! My main question is WHY? Why do people think they need to use these things? You could really restrict breathing or if cranked down too tight really hurt your horse. I just don't get it.

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  2. I've seen those. People around here, especially the western officianados use them like a crank or a flash noseband to keept their horses' mouths shut when they open them to try and back off the bit for whatever reason. It's just like the dressage and jumping people, and I can not remember who said it but it's true. "Horses open their mouth to the nutcracker action of the bit, or a bit that is overly-harsh or being used to roughly... so we strap them shut."

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  3. And the barrel people think *I'm* nuts for using a plain old French link snaffle with no noseband at all on my Arab's western bridle and an extremely loose cavesson on his English bridle....

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  4. "Horses open their mouth to the nutcracker action of the bit, or a bit that is overly-harsh or being used to roughly... so we strap them shut."

    Sigh.....makes me sad for the poor horse.

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  5. strange combination, and don't say those are barrel bits. any real barrel racer would know that you shouldn't cut off your horse's airway. I've never seen them at any barrel shows I've been to (which is to many to count) and I hope I never will. they look like some new training device scheme to me, with those stupid rope reins.

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  6. Jeebus - what a horrible looking set up.

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  7. For riders who, when their horse talks to them (opens mouth from too much bit pressure), they say to their horse...."SHUT THE F*&&# UP"!

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  8. Used by people who haven't a clue, but do have money to buy the latest gimmick.

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  9. When I first got my current horse he chewed the bit (quite aggressively) and just all around hated it. The addition of a drop noseband just pissed him off. I switched him over to a bitless bridle and the difference was amazing - it was like I had a new horse almost from the moment I put it on him. He is much easier to control now as well.
    I wish more people would give a bitless bridle a chance - it pains ME to see horses with their mouth cranked shut. :-)

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  10. The only time I would use a flash is if I was working with a horse that had been overbitted in the past and developed the *habit* of opening its mouth...as a temporary schooling measure.

    Given the choice, and I have turned around and asked for a bit change on other people's horses, I ride only in an ordinary snaffle with a cavesson or, with a difficult horse, in a full cheek. (Sometimes, you *need* that power steering). I dislike curbs for control as opposed to refinement.

    And I swore off martingales a long time ago with one exception...a very loosely fitted tie down or standing martingale on a horse that actually tries to break your nose with its neck...and even then it's *Just* to stop that habit...very loose.

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  11. this is that same guy with those weird overpriced treeless.. boz or bozo or something like that. he's got a ton of contraptions for sale (most of it junk) on his website.

    a fool and his money are easily parted...

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  12. ..Exactly Bonnie. That whole website is a freaking trainwreck and a trap for idiots.

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  13. we have used these to correct habits such as biting peoples toes on the trail, they can still inhale and exhale, its taken off when they learn not to bite. and yes we do take the time to teach them but like I said this is temporary

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