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  • Do you use a figure 8

    If so why? Because it's trendy and that's what eventers wear or for a specific reason it helps fix?

    I'm thinking about gifting myself a figure 8 attachment when I move up to real live fences eventing and because I think it'll make my horse look more badass and less cute. Pretty selfish reasons obviously, but she also can be resistent in her jaw and chomps on the bit a lot when nervous or tense so.
    http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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    I rode/ride old mare and my current gelding both in a figure 8 for all three phases. The mare would lock her jaw and gape her mouth if I wasn't PERFECT (and I'm not perfect, so...) and it kept the bit steadier in her mouth. She was in a mullen happy mouth, so anything we could do to keep things soft and steady for her, the better she did. She would cross her jaw frequently as well, so it was always on at shows. Right as I was getting ready to sell her I started riding her in a regular noseband, but she would always be pretty heavy in it- but I wanted to make sure it wasn't a crutch.


    My gelding doesn't really need it. I could ride him in anything, but I do like the way it looks on him and it does help me soften his jaw dressage and jumping. It just kind of gives me a quick one up.
    Big Idea Eventing

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    • #3
      I use one at home on my hunter/eq horse b/c I feel that it gives me a touch more control and reminds him not to open his mouth. Don't use a flash b/c I am trying to avoid giving him dressage flashbacks Besides, it looks cool!
      The Evil Chem Prof

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      • #4
        I have used one for both the steadier in the bridle reason and the slightly better paying attention reason. I am using one on the current youngster for jumping, but probably don't really need it on him, still I think the steadier the better.
        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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        • #5
          Ponies do look more badass with them, at least mine does.
          http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...urrent=Ami.jpg

          I got a figure eight mostly because the only other bridle I had was very much a dressage bridle (complete with flash, which is needed), and I was having image-issues. I even got a dee ring for my "jumping bridle", so I look even more badass.

          Then there is everything about a figure eight not restricting the breathing as much, yaddayadda.

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          • #6
            I use one while jumping mainley for the breathing thing.
            Where the Figure 8 fits on a horses head, if its adjusted right it won't hit the fleshy part of the nose... the right words aren't coming to me,
            The fleshy part above the nose where a flash normally hits.

            I went to a talk about the EPIH (lung bleeding) and anything to make my pony breath better is the way I'm going to go.
            -Chelsie
            "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

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            • #7
              My mare, who also goes in a straight bit, will be fussy if the bit is not completely steady in her mouth. I think horses like epona's and mine like the security of something very still. She likes to think she can lean on the bit (and sometimes she'll still try, but mostly she just likes the security of thinking she can). She'll rear if I put something jointed in her mouth, so it's a dogbone bit for her. The figure 8 holds it steady, and it also prevents her from crossing her jaw, which she is prone to doing. There's the added breathing advantage, though I haven't noticed that one as much on XC because I never had my flash tight enough to really restrict breathing when we competed in it. She just honestly goes better in a figure 8 on the flat, so she's probably happier in it over fences!

              I don't use one on the gelding, though he is a baby for whom that might change at some point.

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              • #8
                My horse is turbo badass without any special tack, but he wears one for several reasons.

                a) he has heaves, and figure eights give the most freedom of breathing.

                b) he is a strong mofo, but he doesnt like strong bits, so with a cranked figure 8 I can tone down the bit to his liking.

                c) his mouth is often open, even when the noseband is cranked. I think you can get a figure 8 tighter than any flash attachment.

                My young one, he jumps in one too. Also because I dont want to bit him up, and because he has big fleshy nostrils and I want the most freedom for him to flap them around without constricting.

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                • #9
                  Sorry to hijack...

                  Sorry to hijack this thread, but while searching for more info on the Figure 8 topic (I'm apparently retarted at this "search" function) I ran across this thread.

                  Was wondering what are the most common bits people use with a Figure 8? I realize every horse is different in the bit department, so I was interested in seeing what the most common ones were.

                  I was given a nice Figure 8 for Christmas by a friend, and have never used one before. Was planning on just putting my loose ring Dr.Bristol mouth snaffle on it and seeing how my TB does..

                  TIA!

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                  • #10
                    My one guy goes in a figure 8 for the jumping phases (with a 3-ring French link Pessoa bit). He can get strong and lean on the bit and I find the combo of the 3-ring and the figure 8 helps lighten him (along with 5000 half halts ).

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                    • #11
                      I like the fig 8's better than flashes.

                      My 17hh tb has a fig 8 with a myler snaffle. I can do all 3 phases and hunt him in this set up. he's pretty light in the mouth so even if he wants to rockett on xc, it's easy to take him back. He's a definate loose lipped likes to open his mouth type of horse. he can get anxious and grind teeth but have found he rarely grinds with the fig 8, which i don't crank too tight on him.

                      my wb mare i need a boucher with the figure 8. i switched for a 3 jointed boucher to a 2 jointed which made her very happy. She's a young horse and can get strong at times, but this gives me plenty of control when needed.
                      I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!

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                      • #12
                        Please! Figure-8 nosebands are sooo last season.

                        If you really want to look badass you need one of those new 5-point breastplates from BoB. Who cares if your saddle doesn't slip back? It has sheepskin and elastic on it!

                        http://www.bitofbritain.com/Nunn_Fin...late_p/854.htm

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                        • #13
                          Figure eights are the most comfortable noseband for horses, especially those doing strenuous exercise. It doesn't put pressure on a certain part on their nose that can cause (nosebleeds? discomfort? trouble breathing? all of above?) like a regular cavesson. Also, they are the most comfortable way to keep the horse's mouth closed (preferable to the flash) and usually this leads to a more relaxed jaw as opposed to a flash.
                          "If we we couldn't laugh we'd all go insane, if we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." ~Jimmy Buffet
                          "Pursuing the life of my high-riding heroes I burned up my childhood days..."-Willie Nelson

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                          • #14
                            You might want to borrow one though, just to try it. My mare HATED it. And she tolerates a flash just fine for jumping. (goes in a cavesson on the flat)

                            I was surprised at the vehemence, but she's never short on opinions.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Beau Cheval View Post
                              Figure eights are the most comfortable noseband for horses, especially those doing strenuous exercise. It doesn't put pressure on a certain part on their nose that can cause (nosebleeds? discomfort? trouble breathing? all of above?) like a regular cavesson. Also, they are the most comfortable way to keep the horse's mouth closed (preferable to the flash) and usually this leads to a more relaxed jaw as opposed to a flash.
                              So it might help my friend's horse who sometimes has trouble breathing. Never thought about the fact that they might be better than a regular caveson?

                              After reading this thread I'm beginning to think that one of the reasons Star likes his is the fact that it keeps the bit steadier. The common theme in his collection of bits is flexible, but not with a single joint.
                              The Evil Chem Prof

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by BigMick View Post
                                Please! Figure-8 nosebands are sooo last season.

                                If you really want to look badass you need one of those new 5-point breastplates from BoB. Who cares if your saddle doesn't slip back? It has sheepskin and elastic on it!

                                http://www.bitofbritain.com/Nunn_Fin...late_p/854.htm

                                Hahaha! I dont know if its my disdain for fashion trends or what, but I find those hideous.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by BigMick View Post
                                  Please! Figure-8 nosebands are sooo last season.

                                  If you really want to look badass you need one of those new 5-point breastplates from BoB. Who cares if your saddle doesn't slip back? It has sheepskin and elastic on it!

                                  http://www.bitofbritain.com/Nunn_Fin...late_p/854.htm

                                  But BobTheHorse - they actually work - and are comfortable.

                                  Maybe that's why Lucinda gave up on her disdain for breastplates and got one of these for her daughter!


                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...=1076906935925

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                                  • #18
                                    My gelding goes in a figure 8 for jumping because he likes to cross his jaws. We used to use it for dressage as well, but he has recently "graduated" to a crank (without flash). I use mine with a french link eggbutt, and a running on cross country.

                                    My mare used to go in one too, for the reasons Bobthehorse referred to above. She wore hers with a 3-ring regular snaffle at first, then a plain single-jointed eggbutt with a running.
                                    ~Nancy~

                                    Adams Equine Wellness

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                                    • #19
                                      Kobie has a figure 8 for jumping. He is super mega strong will lock his jaw. He has a harder time locking it with the figure 8. His has the sheepskin piece (not sure why, but it does). My pony, however, will flip over backward with a figure 8 (he is super mega ultra sensitive).
                                      IDK, Kobie loves it and works better in a figure 8 than a flash.

                                      So pretty much, I'm with Bobthehorse for the reasons I use it on Kobie.

                                      I would borrow somebody's first though, just to see how your horse reacts to it. Just my 2 cents worth!! Good luck!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Equa View Post
                                        But BobTheHorse - they actually work - and are comfortable.

                                        Maybe that's why Lucinda gave up on her disdain for breastplates and got one of these for her daughter!


                                        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...=1076906935925

                                        All breastplates "work".

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