First off, do you really need one. The idea of both sorts is to keep the horse's mouth closed, so the first question should be why does the horse want to open his mouth. Many horses find the nutcracker action of a jointed bit uncomfortable and open their mouths because of the discomfort. The rider then thinks the horse is trying to avoid 'contact' or being stroppy etc, and straps its mouth shut. The poor horse then usually resorts to throwing its head up because of the discomfort it now can't avoid by opening its mouth, so the rider then puts it in a martingale. (any of this sounding a bit familiar). If your horse is going well without these nosebands, then leave well alone. If you are having a problem, try and help your horse by treating the cause and not the symptom. Of course, some horses only need these nosebands in certain circumstances, for example, they get too excited when jumping, etc, and want to take hold. Hope this helps.
29 July 2008 21:02