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Tip of the Day – Flash vs Drop

I was reading a report somewhere where it was said that Carl Hester said use a flash on a horse who you want to take the contact forward and use a drop on a horse who is quite strong in the contact.

I decided to experiment with my horse who has been in a drop for a while and move back to the flash as he has been difficult in the contact and actually he has been stronger in the contact since moving to the flash though I would say he is slightly more wooden through the jaw.

Its not a miracle answer but certainly gives food for thought and it was interesting for me to hear a top dressage rider differentiate between the two nosebands.

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An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.

1 Comment

  • I posted that on HHO. I have done the opposite and moved from Flash to Drop and it has really helped soften and lighten her in the canter.

    I too was really interested in the differentiation as I had never heard it described like that before.