View Full Version : Why use a figure 8 noseband?
May. 2, 2010, 01:30 PM
Is there any practical application for this type of bridle, or does it just look cool?
I started out doing hunters and so my horse wears a regular hunter bridle, but recently we've moved into the jumpers and I really want to get a figure 8 bridle. My husband is bulking at buying yet another piece of expensive tack, which he says I don't need because I already have a bridle. Sigh.
So, I am asking you all--is there any reason WHY jumpers should have them? It would be really great if there were a reason. :D
To the MAX
May. 2, 2010, 01:45 PM
If your horse goes well in the tack he's in, why would you want to spend the money?
But to answer your question, they are used to keep the horse from opening his mouth and/or crossing his jaw.
May. 2, 2010, 01:47 PM
It keeps the horse's mouth shut better than the regular noseband. It is more practical to many in the jumpers because unlike a drop noseband or a flash it sits higher on the face, which many argue makes breathing easier than if it was lower.
May. 2, 2010, 03:01 PM
They can also offer some additional brakes without having to go to a harsher bit. I have a pony in my barn that is living proof of this...without the figure eight, he's a little yellow freight train over fences...with it, he's just a little strong. :yes: I've ridden quite a few horses who were a little too strong in a plain caveson or flash noseband, but were much better in a figure eight.
May. 2, 2010, 10:42 PM
The odd horse can also be bothered by where/how a regular noseband sits at the side of it's face, but because the figure 8 has a different shape, they like it better. Don't think you can use that particular excuse though....
May. 3, 2010, 03:54 PM
Some horses like it better than a dropped noseband but if your horse goes well in a regular noseband, why change? My jumper goes in a the regular noseband just fine.
May. 3, 2010, 04:03 PM
it serves a purpose - to stop gaping/crossing the jaw and other oral evasions of the bit. i wasn't aware that it can make breathing easier, but i do know that if it's too low, it's a breathing liability. overall it's not a jumper style statement so much as a piece of equipment designed to do a job. when fully tightened etc, it's my understanding that it's more restrictive than a normal noseband, so unless your horse needs it it's not really fair to go to this unless it's necessary. i guess if you just want it for style purposes, and have your heart really set on having one, don't tighten it to the nines for your horse's sake, and fib to dear husband for his financial blessing's sake, that your horse crosses his jaw and you really really need it. ;)
May. 5, 2010, 12:16 PM
Thanks, everyone. My horse doesn't have those problems, so it doesn't look like we'll be getting one anytime soon. And I wouldn't like to irritate him by putting a more restrictive noseband on him.
But I'll be darned if every single horse in the jumpers out here actually NEEDS one! No way.