View Full Version : Kineton nosebands?

Sep. 24, 2010, 07:51 PM
Anyone have any experience using one on a jumper who gets heavy?

Sep. 24, 2010, 08:25 PM
I think it depends on the horse. I have ridden 3 horses in one with 3 entirely different results. All 3 pulled like freight trains which is why I gave it a shot. One acted like I'd put air brakes on him and was a perfect ride in 2 days, one it had literally zero change on, and one improved by about 1/2. Can you borrow one to try?

Lord Helpus
Sep. 25, 2010, 04:21 PM
I used one on a horse with a very low palate; he could not handle many bits, so I used the Kineton to back up a plain snaffle.

It lifted him in front, brought him back to me and gave me a lot of control without him being scared of his mouth. It was a great success.

Except that this horse was a hunter and we could not use it at shows. :(

I would definitely try to borrow one to see if you like it for your particular horse, but I liked it a lot for my horse.

Sep. 26, 2010, 02:07 PM
We used one on a hot little mare that hated a strong bit (would invert & run) but was hard to rate. The kineton was much better than a gag for her, but ultimately, not as good as a hackamore.... I really liked it on her - for a while.

Sep. 27, 2010, 01:45 AM
I have one that I pull out on occasion--coming back from time off, riding the first day at a show, etc. Star does better with milder bendy or curved bits (think Sprenger Duo, dynamic RS) and generally as a pretty soft mouth. Except when he decides not to, perhaps following a nifty spin. Or has a Northern Dancer moment of stubbornness. Or both. It basically works exactly as LH describes. There is an after-affect of about one ride, if you are lucky.

Sonoma City
Sep. 27, 2010, 09:54 AM
A question for those who have used this successfully...do you find that after a period with the kineton, the horse will respond better to your hand when you take it off? Basically I'm wondering if it can be used as a training device only temporarily so the horse learns to respect the bit more, or if the effects are only visible when you use it.