View Full Version : Dropped Nose Bands Pros & Cons

Just Not Native
Feb. 25, 2011, 07:32 PM
Please educate me concerning the dropped noseband.
I understand that it was regular training equipment before the flash noseband was "invented".

Feb. 25, 2011, 09:15 PM
- Supports the horse's lower jaw. Can help with horses that tense against rein pressure as they don't have to worry about holding their own jaw closed against pressure.
- A regular cavesson can pull the cheeks of the horse into the teeth. Some horses with thick cheeks really appreciate the fact the dropped (or figure 8) nosebands as they don't do this.
- Holds the bit quiet.
- Holds the lower jaw quiet, but leaves the upper jaw more free.

- Hard to fit. Must sit properly across the nose so that it doesn't pull down on the bit.
- Can cover/restrict the soft tissue of the nostrils.
- Some horses with short mouths but big/fleshy chins are hard to fit to a dropped noseband.

Could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it:
- Not meant to be super tight, so more difficult to be over tightened like a flash or figure-8 can be. Meant to support the lower jaw, not clamp it shut.

Feb. 25, 2011, 09:44 PM
I was taught it helps activate the logitudinal axis, meaning a horse that is laterally supple that is struggling to get longitudinally supple may get the picture with a drop noseband.