Its beyond me because most of the horses don't need it, and about 90% of the martingales are not working. Most of them are too long and do not affect the horse at all. |
A running martingale shouldn't affect the horse unless it's head is about to hit the rider in the face - Otherwise it is too tight.
I put my Arab in a martingale when other people ride him as when he gets excited he can do the Arab head flip - it is super loose and he doesn't even try when he has it on, so it probably looks like it does nothing - but it saves less experienced people from getting smacked in the face.
A loose running martingale harms no one and can make a horse safer - I don't understand why you would want it taken off?