They are also known as "shadow rolls," because they are used to slow a horse's head carriage during a race. These are used on horses who have high head carriages while they run. They are quite prevalent in National Hunt races to encourage a horse to look at the fences approaching them.
Sheepskin is soft and supple, and when tanned it can be used to make leather items that will not only look beautiful but also last forever if cared for properly.
People use sheepskin for various purposes; here are just a few examples:
Nosebags are used by farmers to absorb moisture from their livestock's snouts after cooling them off with ice water. This prevents bacteria from growing in the noses of these animals.
Sheepskin gloves are worn by fishermen to protect their hands from fish bites and scratches. The gummy material in the skin makes these gloves very flexible yet strong.
Bags made from sheepskin are used to carry tools or equipment where protection from dirt and dust is necessary. These often include hunters' bags used by photographers and filmmakers.
Sheepskin jackets are popular among people living in cold climates due to their ability to keep wearers warm even when it is wet out.
The Sheepskin Noseband Cover protects the horse's nose from rubbing or chafing. It can also be used to prevent pressure marks behind the ears. It's exceptionally soft, comfy, and simple to put on and take off owing to the Velcro closure.
Nosebands are typically used on horses who hold their heads in an uncomfortable manner. When they stick their heads up, the noseband actually prevents them from seeing in front of them, therefore the horse will lower their heads so they can see. This is done with the intention of reducing pain or preventing further injury to the horse.
Horses have a tendency to hold their heads high when they experience pain or discomfort. The tightness of the noseband actually compresses the soft tissue around the eye causing pain and preventing the horse from lifting its head. Once the noseband is removed, the blood flow to these areas is restored allowing them to heal properly.
Horses also need to breathe through their noses. If they were to breathe through their mouths, they would inhale harmful substances such as dirt and water that could be dangerous for their health. So by restricting their breathing, the noseband makes sure that they take deep breaths which helps them recover from illness or trauma more quickly.
Finally, nosebands help maintain a proper riding posture. If your horse's head is held too high, you will need to bend over him or her to keep from being injured. But since this is not possible if his head is stuck in a rigid band, we use some form of restraint so we can sit properly atop our steeds.
When worn correctly, this noseband serves as a visual reminder to your horse to keep his lips tight and prevents him from crossing his jaw. It's a common training tool for young horses learning to accept the bit. The noseband is also used during medical procedures to prevent the horse from biting the person treating him.
Horses have sensitive mouths and teeth, so they need protection too. That's why we use nosebands—they're easy to put on and take off, and most important, they keep the horse's mouth closed while he's being treated or ridden hard. Nosebands are available in different materials and sizes to fit different horses. There are rubber ones that can be stretched over the nose and tied down, but the most common type is made of leather or plastic. Leather ones are sturdier and last longer but they can get dirty easily if the horse has airways disease such as nasal coltitis or sinus problems. Plastic ones are easier to clean and don't stretch out of shape.
Some people think that by taking away a horse's ability to protect himself with his mouth, they're making him more vulnerable and likely to suffer injury at their hands. But really, it's just the opposite - by keeping his mouth shut, he isn't able to protect himself against anything and everything that may happen during a ride.
Noseband with Drop It's a common training tool for young horses learning to accept the bit. The drop was was popular in dressage, but it has since given way to crank-with-flash combinations. Still, many riders continue to use a drop for younger horses or those who are just beginning to learn how to obey human commands.
The drop is simply a piece of leather or rubber tubing with holes in it. When putting the horse in front of you in hand, you reach over the withers and grab a loop on the drop, then pull it up so that it drops down between the eyes. As the horse moves its head away from you, the band falls back down toward the ground. You can also use a snap button instead of a hole if you like; just make sure your horse isn't going to be distracted by other objects near its face when you put it in hand.
There are two types of noses: a flat one for riding out alone or with another horse, and a sloping one for showing. For some reason, people think they look better on young horses, but that's not true - at least not according to French riders! A flat nose is preferable because it allows the horse to breathe more easily while walking through water or mud. However, both types of noses are used in competition.