How do you increase people's
interest in success? By lowering the standards of the success. How do you get
rid of failure? By renaming it to success, and rewarding it? Since the concept
of right and wrong is given by people in this age, where God is ignored, it
becomes fairly easy to do most of the things right, since all we need to do is
to rename the wrong thing and wrong doings to right things and right doing.
It is an old, or better said, ancient statement that seems to sum this up; "the concept of good and evil differs even among the gods". And so, to argue about what is right or wrong is just plain stupid and useless and only fools argue about it. The wise man listens to God (not to a preacher) and the fool makes up his own rules as it suits him, or is subjected to the powers that be and is forced or manipulated into accepting the criteria on good and evil given by the law/rules, which in reality is all about controlling and exploiting the "We The People", and never about any truth, let alone good or evil.
Be aware of what you are doing and of what is happening and then the truth of it will become self-evident, no need for any judgment.
Now, when this is out of the way I would like to present the use of nosebands (also called cavesons) in riding.
First and above all a noseband is a
restrain, and so it hardly fits into some theory of riding in harmony, or
into some theory of riding free moving and willing horse.
a proper terminology would be used we should call the noseband a nose-bind
or nose-bond, because that is what we are doing when using it,
binding/bonding the lower jaw of the horse to the upper one. Needles to say
that when we use the term band, many silly women think it may be for
decorative purposes, and I am not exaggerating. (Noun bond - A restraint
that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or
restrain a prisoner)).
Since women took over the equestrian world the tack and equipment for riding horses has multiplied several times, and became more of some fashion trend than anything else. Please click here for the Wiki's presentation of nosebands, which sort of reminds me of a shoe store for women in all its fairly useless but brutal varieties, not to mention all the senseless and silly justification for using them.
In the old days the
nosebands were primarily used for tying horses up to something like a pole
or rail, as no fool would tie a horse up by the bit, the latter often seen
in the silly western movies. In some cases in the military the nosebands
were used for the so-called "tie downs" that restrained the horse's free
movement of its head by the lesser riders, or by the inadequately trained
When I was young I have never
seen anyone using the tie down till I came here to the states, where it was
primarily used in the "western riding". What became immediately
self-evident, when riding with this contraption, that these horses in most
cases did not accept the bit, hence could not accept the rider's hands.
In any case, all the retrains
like the tie-downs or martingales, draw reins and nosebands serve only to
one purpose, which is to limit or restrain the horse's movement whenever the
horse is responding to the inadequate rider. In these cases the poor riding
can be masked, especially if we restrain not only the free movement of the
horse's head, but mainly if we can control the horse's head, and by throwing
the animal of balance we get the animal to move where we want it to go.
As much as one needs the freedom
of speech to express himself, the horse needs freedom in his movement to
express itself. The relationship between the rider and his horse, when using
any kind of restrains, can be compared to a marriage where the man keeps the
woman from expressing herself, and where is any harmony, let alone
willingness found in that?
And so, the nosebands serve
primarily to control/limit the freedom of movement of the horse's head
during motion, thus influencing the animal's balance to which the horse must
readjust in order to prevent fall or misstep.
Once the lower jaw is tied to the
upper jaw via the noseband, this play is eliminated (or fairly limited
depending on how tight the noseband is) and so the rider's hand can now more
effectively influence the horse's balance, since the bit is literally almost
tied to the head.
When I was young there were only two types of nosebands, one was just plain noseband, called just that, a "noseband", and the other was the "Hanoverian noseband". Of course today they call something else the Hanoverian noseband, but the naming of nosebands is not important, as opposed to the use and the purpose of them should be noted.
The regular noseband was commonly used in dressage to limit the horse's opening of its mouth when educating for the more severe aid like the curb bit in the higher levels. It was supposed to be fairly loose, as one should fit at least two fingers between the noseband and the two (ridges) bones of the lower jaw of the horse. In addition to this these nosebands were used for similar purpose in the carriage horses and such, mostly however fairly loose.
The Hanoverian noseband differed from the regular noseband by the metal rings connecting parts of the noseband. This allowed this noseband to be used in two fashions, above the bit as the regular noseband, and below the bit as the so-called "dropped noseband". In short there was no such thing as a "dropped noseband" as it is today, but it was the Hanoverian noseband that was dropped below the bit if one chose to do so.
As professional rider I had to
work not only in various equestrian industries but also for many other
trainers, and so it was often not up to me what kind of equipment I could
use. From my experiences with the dropped noseband I have simply this to say: "There is no way that people using drop nosebands, or any related jaw
restriction, can have any feelings in their hands".
And so the purpose of training riding
horses is to make them less responsive and more tolerant of the lesser
riders, while teaching them to go off some riding cues rather than off the
rider. Please keep in mind a simple fact that a horse trained to work off
riding cues will become uncontrollable under extreme situations, because in
fear horses do not respond at all to any cues.
It would be also prudent to
mention that horses "pull", and often run off or buck,
because they are off
balance and feel that they will fall down. This feeling is what motivates
the horse to move forward faster, as if to catch its own balance, since it
feels that it will fall down on its face.
Suffices to say that the racing industry, just like the rest of equine industries, blames the breaking down of horses on everything else but people's incompetence, especially that of the riders/jockeys. The latest excuse was the footing, and of course by changing the footing, which did not caused the injuries to the racehorses, to some synthetic footing, they end up injuring even more horses.
Because horses are ridden off balance by most riders, many horses will learn to pull, especially in dressage, and for this reasons the dressage people must use all these kinds of restrains like nosebands and amplified aids like curbs and spurs in order to get done the circus stuff they call dressage.
In conclusion keep in mind that any rider today that uses any kind of restrains and/or amplified aids is simply and indisputably incompetent, uncouth and mostly crude to the animal. This is not to say that people that do not use any of these are decent riders, but at least most of those qualify as considered.
Please keep in mind that if you wish to learn how to ride from a horse, you have to have one that is suitable for riding purposes. One of the most common faults in this age is the use of front-end heavy horses, like many of the warmbloods are, not to mention cold bloods that are all extremely front heavy. Horses like this will teach you only bad habits, among which is the hanging in the horse's mouth, because most will tolerate it.
One could say that the rider's hand is as good as the head equipment he uses, the more gadgets the worse the rider or the horse, or both.
The practical use for nosebands in riding horses is so rare and so there is no need for mentioning it, lest one will find an excuse or justification for using them.
Written by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee Stanek (2010)