A noseband was the early tool used to domesticate and ride horses' before the invention of the 'bit'.
A noseband helps keep the horse's jaw closed therefore preventing the evasion of the bit it is also useful for attaching equipment such as a martingale. 
There are a large variety of nosebands available, all of which provide different amounts of pressure to the poll and restriction around the jaw and mouth area. Alongside the aids they provide, the noseband can also alter the horses appearance as covered in our showing articles. 
The basic and most common nosebands are:-
  • The Cavesson noseband should encircle the nose 1-2 inches below the cheek bone, leaving two fingers width between the nose and the band.
  • The Flash noseband was originally developed for competition riders who needed the cavesson for attaching a martingale but also needed and additional strap to keep the horse's mouth closed aiding the control.
  • Grackle nosebands have become very popular especially for horse's performing galloping work as it sits higher on the face crossing over from the top of the cheek bone on one side to the chin groove on the other. It prevents the jaw from crossing therefore helping the brakes and also allows the nostrils to fully extend.