I use Micklems often for my both my personal horses and horses and ponies put in training with me. My most favorite Micklem and is the UK version of the Multibridle. Like many items Horseware Sells-- the US items are JUST NOT QUITE THE SAME- this time there is big difference- one attachment offered in UK isn't offered on a he US multibridle. Do your homework before you choose! Also SOME horses may not need/work well with a "dropped noseband" (although remember the. noseband on most horses doesn't need to be tight!) The purpose of it there is to encourage the horse to allow the bit to touch the most sensitive parts of their mouth and lips. Once in a great while I'll have a horse that doesn't work as well with the noseband. simply adjust the noseband to be above your horses bit!!! The fact the noseband CANT be adjusted to fit where "tradition" nosebands hang! Yay! Like always the U.K. is light years ahead of the US when it comes to offering QUALITY Equestrain savvy Products and Equipment! HORSEMANSHIP a missing link to many in the US! Sad! Hope u love your Micklem! There is a website u can "borrow" a Micklem of your choice BEFORE U BUY!
It is dressage legal. I absolutely love my Miklem bridle. Its not restricting, it has a nice comfort fit to it and I have yet to have a horse not go well in one and even my super sensitive senior mare who doesn't like anything restrictive loves her miklem.
The noseband is designed to prevent the horse from opening his mouth, which I completely disagree with and since it's not removable, I would never purchase it. I'm not sure if it's aloud in the dressage ring because of the noseband, rules however change according to countries and organisations.