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Researchers Measure the Effect of Noseband Pressure on Horses

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Many riders and trainers believe the tighter they fasten a horse’s noseband, the more control they will have while riding. True, tight nosebands increase a horse’s sensitivity to the bit, but they could also inflict pain and cause tissue damage, said Orla Doherty, MVB, MSc, MRCVS, of University College Dublin and the University of Limerick.

She and her colleagues recently conducted a study measuring noseband pressures, and she presented their results at the 9th Annual International Society for Equitation Science, held July 18-20 at the University of Delaware, in Newark.

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