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haribach

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haribach says:

Flash noseband rant!!!

Why do nearly all bridles now include a flash noseband? Is it the fashion to clamp down every horse's mouths? Why? Yes I fully understand that a flash is sometimes needed, and yes it is possible to take away the flash band. But why should so many bridles on the market need to have a flash noseband? Years ago (showing my age here!) they were unheard of and people still managed to ride!!! Sorry rant over!!

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

Yep, totally agree Haribach, when I used to ride at the local riding school i hated seeing these nosebands yanked up so tight and used when it was'nt even neccessary, I used to take mine off and the instructor did'nt even notice ! I can also appreciate that a flash is sometimes needed and like anything else when used correctly and with sensitivity it serves a useful purpose.

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haribach

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haribach says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

Glad I'm not the only flash noseband hater out there! : ) xx

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tracingequines

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Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

It's worse when the pony's are wearing bit rings and the owners put the flash straps over the bit ring.

 

I used to take my pony's cavesson noseband off altogether and we would pretend we were doing it western style ..... Lol

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

Just went to buy my new Mare Lara a new cavasson bridle English if possible, came back with a German one, most of the bridles on offer where either  double or flash bridle, thought I would give this new girl a treat as the old bridle is 21 years old. The reins were another headache wanted the same colour as the bridle gas given a weird pair I had never come across before as each end of the reins were double looks as if it would replace roundings on a Pelham, swapped for a Black with rubber grip. It is getting to be a problem with so much imported tack not of such a good quality, but many horse people are having to save money but with tack I would think twice, wanted new stirrup leathers, imported £9 English Leather £32 see what I mean, all Bridles without reins or bits were £90 + but used a local saddlery shop and had reins and bridle for £65 German. The last thing anyone wants is broken tack in the middle of a hack with half ton of horse playing up. 

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

grrrrrrr...dont get me started, was sooooo hard to find Spangle a nice bridle i can show him in, everything had stoopid flash attachments so make it look unclean =/ n the noseband i love also had one of them on so i settled for a derby house hunter bridle (which didnt have one but surely...if there was a place you would need a flash to help out, it would be when hunting????) we have a pony at teh riding school who wears one for lessons but i never put it on him, if he gets a bit strong when i ride i push him on like i had to when i learnt to ride...this riding school doesnt seem to teach that, not that the arena is big enough to really push them on anyway!!!

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sammyseshi

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sammyseshi says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

Cant agree more, my youngster bridle has a second hand Sabre it was used just enough to make it supple and then i bought it for £40!! there like £190 new lol i love it and the straps are not too wide for his small head either... but the noseband has a flash attachment and i was looking to buy a matching caveson noseband seperatly but they don't do one for the model it is! WHY?? It doesn't bother me too much but i think some people just put a flash on because the attachments there and they don't really understand its use. Benji's nose band is so loose anyway he may as well not wear one! So dont eeven get me started on crank nosebands!!!!!!!

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

I have noticed that about bridles. None of mine wear a flash and it is so hard to find a bridle without one these days. When i was buying a new bridle for Bramble it was really hard to find a bridle with a flash noseband and i needed one for her, this was years ago as she was only about 6 years old(if she was alive now she would be 24 nearly 25). I went for the flash as i didn't like drop nosebands as i could still use a cavesson and only use the flash when really needed.

 

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

 My horse does wear a flash, so I love the choice of bridles available :D  My own horse puts his tongue over the bit without a flash. Bizarrely, if I leave the flash reasonably loose he won't try to put his tongue over it, so it is more preventative for him.

 

Can you not just cut the loop left behind off the bridle if you remove the flash? It would take about 2 mins.

 

Madzjoker - I think cranks were originally designed to act like a flash of drop when using a double bridle. I would quite like a crank, especially on the old horse I rode as he needed his mouth clamped shut if you didn't want to go haring off out of control. Better riders than me tried to cure him, he was just very enthusiastic!

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mankyann

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mankyann says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

madzjoker said:

and cranks - where did they come from? they're everywhere!!

I'm building my own bridle now with parts from various bridles I like but with things I don't want on them!



 

 

Is there something wrong with crank nosebands?? I have a Heritage comfort padded crank noseband purely because i find it easier to do up. Do they have a hidden purpose? (other than confusing the hell out of me when trying to put it back together after ive cleaned it!)

I have been finding it difficult trying to find a standard noseband bridle with no flash attachment. it is very annoying!!

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: Flash noseband rant!!!

I am very fortunate in that Barnaby's a cob so I've got him in one of the very wide nosebands, which never come with a flash ring, thank goodness.  Hubby did have him in one but I've never used it.  I tried one on Max once out hunting and he made little crying noises (I kid you not!) and showing me he couldn't breathe in it, so I hopped off and whipped it off quick.  I've never used one since.

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