[From the April 2022 Issue of TRJ]

If you watch my horses at a futurity, you may discover I take advantage of nylon nosebands on nearly all of them. Here’s why:

Foundation and Balance

I begin my rope horses on cattle in a tie-down. I believe as workforce ropers, all of us want we may very well be higher with our arms and never want a tie-down and have our horses softer and extra broke. But we’re going quick sufficient we have to choose up and pull. With a tie-down, they received’t be popping their nostril and getting in our manner, they usually accumulate extra naturally.

Why Nylon?

This tie-down—all of mine come from California’s Ali Bilkey—isn’t tremendous vast and, in case you tighten it down, it has some good nostril strain to again one off. These final actually lengthy, to the purpose that I’m often changing the tie-down strap lengthy earlier than I’m changing the tie-down.


Truthfully, I experience my tie-downs a little bit longer, particularly at residence. That makes them a bit extra forgiving—I don’t need my horses sucked down and pushing in opposition to it with each transfer. I actually discover too, after I use a hackamore, {that a} tie-down doesn’t infringe on the bridleworks. A easy leather-based tie-down may get in the way in which of a hackamore, however these are thinner and softer and get out of the way in which to the place the hackamore can work extra naturally the way in which it’s imagined to. TRJ

More on Tie-Downs: 

Bits and Tie-Downs on Green Head Horses

Ryan Motes: Whether or Not Your Horse Needs a Tie-Down

Headgear Hints: Finding the Right Tie-Down 

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