I presented a 3yr old mare last year that had a rather "Noble" head, lol!!! What looked best on her was plain black with a V browband. The bling just draws attention to the head. I wasn't sure about the V, but when we put it on her it made a big difference. She scored a "7" for her head
I find the V browband quite ugly usually lol!! And I'm with Thoroughbred fancy about the fact that no noseband can make the head look worst, or at least bigger. But what is very very ugly is a big head with tiny tiny noseband.
I've always found that the more traditionnal it is, the more beautiful it looks. I'd go with a dressage bridle, black, with traditionnal browband (with cristal or clincher or something cute) and a padded, mid-sized noseband.
I wouldn't be concerned at all about trying to "spruce" up a mare by adding a blingy browband. The inspectors are there to evaluate horses on their own merits, and not by whether they are wearing sparkly bridles, etc.
Will add that, IMHO, a mare with a noble head usually looks best in a plain black bridle with standard cavesson and standard browband - i.e., no bling, and definitely not white padding. Many folks try to avoid cavessons that have a loop for a flash attachment, and instead use the cavesson from a double bridle, but not everyone has a double cavesson so they use what they have. Again, the inspectors really don't care, as long as the bridle fits the horse.
personally i think she has a lovely head if it were me, i would use a plain black or dark brown bridle with a medium sized noseband, but i would keep the noseband high, instead of lower. i think that will give a nicer optical affect.
My opinion is that the "noble" head looks better broken up with a noseband of some sort -- but it has to be in the right place. The photo you posted of her with the halter on has it exactly in the WORST possible place a noseband could be -- it really accentuates the non-positive attributes, but in the right place could be of benefit.
If her head is not her best feature I would not draw attention to it with bling.
That is not a "noble" head it is just a head suited to her size. The shape is lovely. You are just looking for something to worry about. I would worry instead about her moving promptly into her best gait and travelling straight with her butt under her. She is a nice mare. Quit picking on her head. PatO
The inspectors I have seen want to see a correct and HEALTHY head- as in large, wide set eyes, big nostrils, mouth that could carry two bits, etc. I do not think they want teeny, tiny super dishy Arab heads on our WBs...
colombus, your post made me laugh. I know I am being silly. It's just the first time I encounter a horse I am having a hard time fitting into a bridle and looking pretty? It's just an odd thing. Plus, I can fuss over her head all I want, that, I can't change, I can, as you said, make sure she'll move proprely though.
Originally Posted by rodawn
Her head is fine. It's certainly not an ugly head.
Use a standard bridle (black is very nice against chestnuts). Make sure the noseband is within 2 fingers of cheek ridge. A low noseband makes a long face look longer and that is exactly what her halter is doing in that particular picture you showed. So, make sure the noseband is up higher.
A moderate width noseband looks good on a horse's head like yours. Too wide seems to emphasize a big head and too narrow looks silly.
You perfectly explained it rodawn! My "dressage" bridle with a crank noseband just look clunky, while a plain hunter bridle with a narrow noseband looks... weird. Ack!
I will add to the silliness, I personnally think her head is absolutely gorgeous. I find she has a very classic look, think old Hanoverian line? Chestnut too... I love this mare.