Shall I Use a Flash Noseband for Dressage?

Joanna Fisher
Joanna Fisher 
International Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Joanna Fisher shares her thoughts on……whether using a flash noseband in dressage can help with a pony that opens its mouth.
I think this question is one many riders on ponies and horses have – I hope I can help answer this as simply as possible.
Flash nosebands are excellent for making a bridle look very smart and serve the purpose of keeping mouths closed or at least much quieter. When fitted correctly I think they work brilliantly and I use them on all my horses from when they are first broken in.
The main part of the noseband is the stronger half and I like to do this tight- I mean tight enough to keep the mouth still but obviously not too tight to hurt or dig into the face. You must be able to fit a finger comfortably under the noseband. This is a rule checked in competitions so be sure to abide to it!
I also like having padding under the backside (chin area) of the noseband, this makes it far more comfortable for the horse and stop rub marks.
The height is relevant, I fit them high, so the noseband starts just under the Horses cheek bones- this is for the purpose that it doesn’t rub on the bit rings or the bit itself.
The flash part can now be done up, tight enough to keep the lower jaw closed and again you must be able to fit a finger or two underneath.
Flash nosebands come in so many beautiful styles and different colours or two tone and really can look very smart indeed, I like the wide padded ones- for maximum comfort and I think they really can frame a horse or ponies face. Add to that they are a very useful and reliable piece of tack.
Always remember, with all tack and equipment it is essential to constantly clean it with leather soap and need to be checked often, check buckles, check for wear and tear, it’s your safety at the end of the day that is top priority!
Happy riding!
——————————————————————————————————————————————————-Joanna has written a collection of children’s books based on her horses over the years.

It has been published by award winning Candy Jar books and currently available in Waterstones and being read in schools. Click here to link to her website: www.stablegossip.com. She also has a dressage website which can be found at http://www.joannafisherdressage.com/

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Joanna has written a collection of children’s books based on her horses over the years.

It has been published by award winning Candy Jar books and currently available in Waterstones and being read in schools. Click here to link to her website: www.stablegossip.com. She also has a dressage website which can be found at http://www.joannafisherdressage.com/

 

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