They're not legal for any phase of eventing competition. I know one person who trains in one (very long) just to avoid a broken nose from the odd head toss, but I'd just use a running all the time if it was me.
But lunge the horse first-some horses take great exception the first few times they come up against one. Usually if they are tossing their head that much, they are on the excitable side anyway....
I like your nose a lot, so just sayin'- keep it cute baby!
I like my nose tool It's the only part of my body that doesn't need the services of a good plastic surgeon. I've sported several black eyes, as you know, my sunglasses have both caused and covered up the evidence. I think DH is getting tired of people looking at him weird.
No. If I feel I need to protect my nose, I will use a running.
Running will do nothing to protect your nose. It doesn't stop the massive head fling. All a running will do is give you leverage with the bit on the bars of the horse's mouth when they put their nose above their ears.
A standing (fitted properly) blocks the effects of the flip and doesn't work on the horse's mouth. It releases automatically as soon as the horse corrects itself....unlike a running.
Often with a green horse...I will put it on when working them in hand first (on the lunge line or in a round pen) so I can make sure they don't panic when they first hit it. I keep it very loose..they will only hit it when really being wrong.
It also serves the added benefit of giving me a handle.
Some horses I've only used it a handful of times...others lived in them for a while.
I personally find it a more effective tool in training a green horse. A running is only something I use on a more educated horse.
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
Ok - coming from H/J world with my 'hunter' to event...and he's a greenish TB - I still use the standing while jumping or in an environment where he is likely to be 'up.' Mine will actually shake his head back & forth after I buckle the noseband, and if he hits the martingale he stops...if not, he flings his head around like a fool until I bop him on the nose. He will emulate this behavior U/S if he's being particularly naughty, then put his head straight up in the air. This doesn't happen often, but I like my nose and think it'd be foolish to forget this piece of tack when it a) works b)prevents injury. Dress for success. It's easy enough to take off (just tie it), and I prefer to 'add leg' & push him forward rather than argue with his face, which I think is actually the TB's goal....
I used one briefly--mare threw her head and gave me a concussion. Ouch! She wore a standing martingale on the lunge a few times, then for the next few rides. She hated it, but got the idea. Haven't used it since.