Why leaving less than two fingers under the noseband is not okay
Too many horses are being exposed to stressful, relentless pressure from the noseband. Preliminary studies suggest about half of dressage horses have to work under these conditions and academics continue to scrutinize the practice which has been flagged by the RSPCA as an area of concern. Recently, a study from the University of Sydney provided further evidence that as the noseband gets tighter, the horse gets more and more uncomfortable. Professor Paul McGreevy is one of the co-authors of the study, and in this interview he answers questions about the sample size of the study, the use of naive horses and the implications of the results for the future of competition riding.
We apologise for the background noise - this interview was filmed in London and the playground provided the most pleasant of several kinds of noise.