I have started seeing a few horses around with no nosebands on and wondering if it really made a big difference?? As far as I understand it just puts a little more pressure on the horses nose giving more control. I've been tempted to try it on Springer as he's such a gent and such an uncomplicated ride but does like to give the odd spook and at 16.2 I really need to be in control at all times. I was wondering if any of you had ridden without nosebands and how much difference it really makes?? Am I just taking it off for the sake of it or would he actually benefit from it??
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A plain cavesson noseband does little other than 'break up the look of the face'. Technically, there is no real need for it, as long as you don't want to attach a standing martingale to it. Cavessons are primarily for appearance, it's what we are used to seeing - think of Western horses - they don't (usually!) have nosebands.
If you are only fastening it loose, I can't see it would make much difference with or without it. It will look different though. Horses heads can look very different with a change (or removal!) of noseband.
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When I'm riding in a bit (which is rarely) I don't use a noseband, unless I'm doing dressage (which is even more rare). My reasons behind it - his delicate face looks better without one and he doesn't need his mouth strapping shut
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