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    Exclamation What is the purpose of a "string" over the nose on a jumper?

    I saw this in a photo of a jumper from WEF, and I am not sure what its purpose is:

    http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/48...600x600Q85.jpg

    Is it tied to the bit somehow? Or is it just superfluous and happened to fall down from under the noseband?

    Anyone know?



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    Can't see much, side view would help here.

    Usually, something like this is used to keep various parts of the bridle from slipping, getting hung up on another strap or the bit or otherwise flapping around so it stays in the proper place and still. Lots of movement created when jumping the bigger stuff.

    It could also be part of a gag arrangement or to keep the bit still and in exactly the place it needs to be.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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    If it is tied to each side of the bit then when the rider pulls on the reins it would pull the string tighter over the nose I would think.
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    I can't see enough of the bit to tell, but Mikmar makes (or used to make) a combination bit that includes a nose rope. If that is indeed a Mikmar bit, the short answer to your question is that when you pull back on the reins some of the pressure is distributed over the horse's nose.



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    Looks a little thin to be a Mikmar but could be. You can rig a string up to do the same thing if you are creative.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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    It looks like an older Mikmar combination bit model, before they added the leather sheath to it. I used the same bit on my horse. The string helped refocus him much better than more conventional bits since he tended to brace, invert, flip me off, and then run at the jump. While we used a french link snaffle at home, the Mikmar was an awesome bit for this horse to get things done in when it counted.



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    Thanks for the answers! I had a feeling it was there for a purpose, rather than just random.



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    Yep, looks like the older Mikmar combination bit to me, with the string exerting pressure on the nose. I have one and love it!



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    I have a Myler combination bit that has a rope that is used like a hackamore. http://mylerbitsusa.com/bit_combo2.shtml
    It's a great bit for OTTBs I've found and works great on my guy.



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    Just came across another photo of this pair by chance - recognized the bit and stirrup irons! It is, in fact, a mikmar

    http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly...hx1ho1_500.jpg



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