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A piece of equipment used in Western riding that serves some of the same functions as a standing martingale. A strap that connects from the noseband to the cinch, the tie-down keeps the horse from holding his head too high. It also helps him keep his head in position through tight turns and gives him something to brace against when holding a roped steer.

See also Martingale