The Noseband Controversy

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Correction

Nice article but your statement that "This nose and mouth is not at all related to the hind-end muscles..." is incorrect. The hyoid apparatus controlling the tongue is connected to muscles that extend to the sternum and under the scapulae which in turn connect via fascia to the muscles of the hind-end.

Pamela Eckelbarger 18 days ago

A response from the Author

"Pamela thank you for reading the article. And yes, you are correct. Most people do not know enough about the bio-mechanics of the horse to realize the subtle fascia connection. The horse will often block muscle use through the back and become stiff, therefor limiting even the fascia connection to the hind end. Horses are focused on their mouth and nose have little awareness of their hind ends. Since there is much more nerve "dialogue' going on in the brain with the nose and mouth compared to the large muscles of the hind end, many horses will roll up behind the bit or stiffen rather than engage their hind ends. Those horses who are balanced, have well developed and relaxed back muscles with good neurological connection to the hind end muscles will respond to triggers in the mouth and jaw for end hind engagement. Hopefully, the article will get people thinking about what they are trying to achieve with their horses using tight nosebands. Thanks again for you input.”
Mary Ann C. Simonds

Karen (HolisticHorse.com) 8 days ago

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