Curious, What Is That?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

Curious, What Is That?

This is a discussion on Curious, What Is That? within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • What curious horses
  • Horse photos 40 kb

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-20-2009, 08:09 PM
  #1
Weanling
Curious, What Is That?

Ok, I've seen a lot of these on showjumping horses and I've always wondered what they are and how they work, so could someone please tell me?

i47.jpg

TralissaAndalusians, I hope you don't mind that I used your picture, I couldn't find a picture of it so I didn't know what to call it to search for it. Awesome pic BTW.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-20-2009, 08:30 PM
  #2
Yearling
It's a running martingale. I believe they are used to keep a horse from raising it's head past a certain point.
     
    09-20-2009, 08:35 PM
  #3
Trained
Yep, running martingale, Used to prevent a horse from tossing/throwing it's head excessively.
     
    09-25-2009, 06:47 AM
  #4
Guest
A running martingale stops the horse from evading by throwing its head up. The rider has more leverage because the reins pass through two rings and help the rider to pull the head down.

It is a much debated device - the purists say they are not necessary if the horse has been trained properly to ride "on the bit".

They are not just used in show jumping - they can help a rider who is going out with a crowd where the horse might get excited. Rather than use a harsher bit then stay with the normal bit and add the standing martingale to obtain greater control.

There is a related but fiercer device - the fixed martingale which is not attached with the reins through the rings but runs directly up from the chest to the nose band. Not nice really - used by weaker riders on a sparky or badly schooled horse. It restricts the bend in the horse's neck
And can pull the head down into a false ramener position. If used it should be adjusted very carefully.

However
If your horse doesn't throw its head up -
If you have adequate strength in your arms to hold the horse back when it gets excited
Or if you use as standard procedure a harsh bit - then think twice and obtain advice before you buy and fit one.

Professional showjumpers select horses which can jump naturally - regardless of any other abilities they are concerned with the horse's agility and jumping ability. They keep the horse fit and they feed it up with energy foods. The horse then performs for a few minutes over 3 - 4 rounds. The professional show jumping horse can be quite a handful to control. So many riders look for any device which gives them better control.

Barry G
A personal opinion - I won't use one - the rings interfere with my feel of the bit in the horses mouth. I prefer straight contact through to the mouth. Anyway my mare's mouth is very soft and in case of emergency I have strong arms.
     
    09-25-2009, 08:26 PM
  #5
Weanling
I used martingales for years with success. Until Cougar. He's snapped running martingales, standing martingales, chambones etc. You try to tie his head down he will break your gadget.

Martingales are a grey area for me. I don't condemn or condone their use as a whole. Individually speaking, I've seen them be abused far more often than I'd like.
     
    09-26-2009, 12:28 AM
  #6
Weanling
I use one on my horse (running martingale) - If I don't her head goes everywhere... and there's nothing I can do about it with my weak little arms.
I don't see what the big deal is with it if it doesn't hurt the horse. Saddles make it easier to ride as do stirrups and bits... soo.. why can't we use martingales to make it easier to ride as well?
     
    09-26-2009, 01:03 PM
  #7
Yearling
I use martingales on a couple of our horses.
Galen has one. Now, Galen, is a complete angel. . But she gets veeeeery strong sometimes. Her owner has one, but it's usually not used. But if we're going in the field or on trails, we're just like, "hey, why not." and we put it on.
Rupert has one, but I don't think it helps & it really doesn't fit. I have ridden him with & without it and it does not make a difference in any way.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just curious Dartanion Horse Riding 32 01-11-2009 12:20 AM
Just Curious.. Gingerrrrr General Off Topic Discussion 0 09-27-2008 09:00 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0