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  1. Margi Greene
    February 20, 2021 @ 11:43 am

    wonderful looking workout! So calm and thoughtful.
    My question is about the use of the figure eight noseband. In the distant past I was told to used a figure eight on my horse (I was in 4-H at the time and am now 65) for various training exercises – didn’t use it all the time.
    Am curious why you feel Wrangler needs it for his learning? I see that Chastity is wearing a regular cavesson, does she not need the same sort of support a figure eight offers or is she in a different place in her learning?

    I have played with donkeys at Pat Block’s place and noticed how one of her jennets did not pay attention during her heat cycle. I did not work with her long enough to figure how to deal with keeping her focus on her ‘lesson’ than her heat cycle. Haven’t played with Pat’s donkeys in a long time – really enjoyed them.



    • Bailey Folker
      February 24, 2021 @ 4:33 pm

      Hi Margi, you can email Meredith at and she would be happy to answer your questions in detail for you.


    • Meredith
      March 8, 2021 @ 2:05 pm

      I noticed you did not email me, so I will answer your questions here. I do not use a figure-eight nose band at all. I have found that is is too difficult to adjust the tension as needed in the two places where it surrounds the nose. I use flash nose bands that afford me the option of adjusting the two nose bands separately. I use the “flash nose band” to encourage them to stop opening their mouth or stop sticking their tongue over the bit as needed. Sometimes they are fine and won’t need it and sometimes they are not. I have used he flash nose band on both of them as I do on all of my equines…as needed. As for getting the attention of my females in heat…everything is done routinely, in a logical and predictable order. When my females are in heat, I just stay with the program and put less pressure on them to perform and everything goes just fine. I never have a problem with them not paying attention. When you “play” with them, they do not have a predictable routine to rely upon and can easily become distracted.


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