Some Things to Consider When You Adjust the Snaffle Bit page 65:
"..... In the majority of cases, it's possible to adjust a bit low enough to
keep pressure off the corners of the mouth without having it resting against
If it's not bumping his teeth and not drawn up too high in his mouth, the
horse will work his mouth and gather up the bit to a place wher he can kind
of hold onto it.
At first he may chew on it or toss his head, but in a short time, he'll know
where it feels the best to him and he'll carry it there. You'll rarely see a
horse impose wrinkles on his mouth with this approach.
Most horses will close their mouth naturally when the bit is adjusted low
enough to allow for that.
With a calm mouth like the kind I'm thinking of, why I doubt there'd be any
need to buckle his mouth shut.
To close off his natural jaw movements produces tightness all through the
horse anyway, and as far as a horse is concerned, there's not anything
natural about that.
What he feels in his mouth directs his mind to position the bridge of his
nose, or shifts the angle of his head and neck where we need him to go, so
you'd want to be as accurate as you could about the message you give the
horse in his whole mouth area in the first place.
I'd say that's one of the most sensitive places on a horse."
Is there a logical reason why nosebands are used on Icelandic Horses?
An article supporting the use of nosebands on Icelandic Horses
implies that it protects the horse's mouth from the rider's hands and the bit.
With finesse, softness, and lightness, there is no need to fear hurting the horse's mouth.
Another point brought up: Why would the professional riders and trainers need nosebands? ...if they had good hands, would they need them?
There are millions of horses in the US and around the world that are not ridden with nosebands.
We need to bring light horsemanship to the Icelandic Horse. The horse will surely appreciate it!
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