noseband

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noseband

a broad leather band worn across the nose between the eyes and the nostrils and connecting the two cheek straps. Usually part of a cavesson.

drop noseband
worn below the bit and around the muzzle. Used to prevent the horse opening its mouth too wide. Pressure on the band, produced by the reins, causes compression of the nasal cartilages.
sheepskin noseband
has the effect of obscuring forward shadows which might balk the horse. See also shadow roll.
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The official form book doesn't record when horses have worn a sheepskin noseband, so the casual punter would find it difficult to research.
The Anorak says: Nosebands probably did come from France in the 1940s.
She didn't like to run them too quickly, and, where possible, she liked them to run `natural', without nosebands, blinkers or tongue-straps, anything like that.