How Does A Grackle Noseband Work?

A grackle or grakle noseband is also sometimes called the ‘figure eight’ or ‘crossover’ noseband.

The object of a grakle noseband is to prevent or at least discourage a horse or pony from crossing his jaw and opening his mouth to evade the action of the bit.

What does a grackle noseband do?

All about grackle bridles (grackle nosebands) The design aims to help prevent evasion if the horse opens its mouth and crosses its jaw, and the grackle noseband gives more space around the horse or pony’s nostrils, helping to make breathing easier.

How do you fit a grackle noseband?



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The tack items were recently granted FEI approval and will immediately be permitted for use in affiliated dressage classes. Among the most notable inclusions in the list are grackle nosebands. All grackle, crossed and figure of eight nosebands will be BD legal.

Can you wear a grackle in working hunter?

Working hunters

Working hunter tack also varies from traditional rules. Martingales, flash nosebands and grackle nosebands are permitted, although in the event of a tie-break, the horse wearing more traditional, simple tack will win. Plain black or brown boots are allowed in the jumping phase only.

What is a Mexican grackle bridle?


The Mexican Bridle or High Ring Grakle is a type of grakle which has been designed to remove the pressure on the fleshy part of the horse’s jaw and teeth.

What is a grackle bridle?

The grackle noseband has been designed to help prevent the horse from crossing their jaw and opening their mouth.

How do you fit a 5 point breastplate?

5 Point Breastplate – attaches to the saddle at 5 points; the D rings, the girth and between the legs. Straps should be secure enough to prevent the saddle slipping without restricting movement.

How do you fit a noseband?

Fitting: To make sure the cavesson is fitted correctly, you should be able to place two fingers between the horse’s protruding cheek bone and the body of the noseband. You should be able to comfortably slide at least one finger between the noseband and your horse’s face all the way round.

How do I make sure my bridle fits?

The bridle should be held just under the brow band with both cheek pieces held together. The bit should be held in the left hand and then press gently on the horse’s gums in the gap between his teeth until he opens his mouth. Then pull the bridle gently up the horse’s head, sliding the bit over the horse’s tongue.

Are martingales allowed in dressage?

Hence, no martingales are allowed in dressage. In general, no martingales, bandages or boots are allowed on your horse and only snaffle bits, or double bridles at more advanced levels.

The pelham is not permitted in dressage at any level. The pelham is never legal for use in any western riding discipline, where either a snaffle bit or a curb bit is used.

New and Dressage Legal from Happy Mouth is the smooth straight bar loose ring. This style is also available in a full cheek. Please note that this style of bit has a very thick mouthpiece around 20mm. Care must be taken so that the bit is correctly fitted and the horse’s teeth and mouth are in good condition.

What is a Cavesson noseband used for?

​A crank noseband is similar to a cavesson yet the noseband is padded underneath with a leveraged buckle that doubles back and when tightened can help to prevent the horse evading the bit and helps to keep the horse’s mouth closed.

What is a drop noseband?

A drop noseband. | Photo by Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore. Worn properly, this noseband is a clear reminder for your horse to keep his mouth closed and prevents him from crossing his jaw. It’s a popular aid in training young horses who are just learning to accept the bit.