Re: Flash Nosebands- opinions please
I don't like 'gadgets' (or bits either) personally and don't believe it should be necessary to strap a horses mouth closed...he is opening it to resist so clearly there is a deeper laying problem that needs resolving! Usually some basic schooling for horse, rider or both. Too many people are quick to use quick fix-its rather than getting to the root of and solving a problem. It's not just nosebands either, they strap the heads down and bit them up to the eyeballs and it's all bad riding/management at fault.
Unfortunately I feel nowadays a lot of top riders, esp jumpers/eventers use unnecessary harsh bits, nosebands and a whole host of other gadgets etc and they influence those who look up to them and then the bit/nosebands/gadget becomes a fashion accessory...sorry just my opinion. If you just go back to the 80's and see how many of the top riders in these disciplines used a simple snaffles...now you can count how many on one hand with half your fingers missing.
Off the topic but there are far better role models for young riders out there such as Monty, Mark Rashid etc but unfortunalty they will never have the same influence and effect as a top competitor will and of course the real blame lies with the marketing men who pay these big names to use the gadgets in the first place. [}:)]
Who ever said money can't buy you happiness, didn't know where to buy a horse!