Grackle bridle

chunky monkey

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Its been suggested I try a grackle noseband. I know nothing about them, so any advice on reason for use would be great.
Could you just buy a grackle noseband to replace a straight nose and and flash, or does it need to be a complete bridle.
 

joosie

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Who suggested a grackle and why? If you're asking US to tell you why a horse might need one then yours probably doesn't!
 
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Jessey

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A grackle always used to be saved for the occasional horse that crossed its jaw, but it seems now they're recommended because people like the look of them, I guess it's the new in thing like flashes became a few years back.
 

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I thought the idea of a grackle was that it worked on pressure points on the nose? So used for a horse that holds its head too high? Please ignore me if that is a load of rubbish.
And yes, you can just buy a grackle noseband without having to replace the whole bridle. Have a look on EBay for a second hand one to try.
 

newforest

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What is your horse doing that you rather it didn't?
When are they doing it, company, solo, fast work, jumping?
I have never used a grackle. I thought they were to stop the mouth opening and the cruising of the jaw.
 

joosie

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I thought the idea of a grackle was that it worked on pressure points on the nose? So used for a horse that holds its head too high? Please ignore me if that is a load of rubbish.
And yes, you can just buy a grackle noseband without having to replace the whole bridle. Have a look on EBay for a second hand one to try.
No they are designed for jaw crossing and mouth opening, by restricting the degree of movement of the jaw. The crossover part is not fitted low enough for the nose pressure that invites a lower head carriage. A drop is designed for that purpose.
 
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newforest

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No they are designed for jaw crossing and mouth opening, by restricting the degree of movement of the jaw. The crossover part is not fitted low enough for the nose pressure that invites a lower head carriage. A drop is designed for that purpose.
Not seen a drop in use for years.
 

horseandgoatmom

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Ill have to look it up. I have not heard of
Them.
I don't know what they even look like.
They may be called something else over here.....

I always wondered what crumpets were
And just found out they are the exact same thing as. THOMAS English muffins
over here with all the nooks and crannies.
 
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Jessey

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Ill have to look it up. I have not heard of
Them.
I don't know what they even look like.
They may be called something else over here.....

I always wondered what crumpets were
And just found out they are the exact same thing as. THOMAS English muffins
over here with all the nooks and crannies.
:D crumpets and English muffins are not the same things here, a muffin is a bread like affair, crumpits are made of savory batter and grilled, I can't even describe it but I'll post you some if you like :D
 
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Jessey

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I thought they looked like this???
Kind of in the big bubble holes, but different texture :) I'm trying to think of anything else they are like, I would say closer to a waffle than a muffin :) but a very smooth batter, they are very stodgy too
 
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