Actually, I don't think I even own a martingale anymore; i prefer to train without an aid like that...just personal preference, I guess; it's just too easy for it to become a crutch.
I'm not too worried about his head coming down...I know it will the more we work, because it has already; in the fourth pic (on the top row) I had a lot of that position that day, even if it was for just a few strides, atleast I know he's 'getting it'. Sure, I want him to eventually reach down and stretch for the bit more, but it's a start. Like I said, I'm proud of him already...he also definitely seems to prefer the English style more than Western (which I rode him in previously); doesn't bother me! I think he makes a cute lil english horse! Lol! When he gets his head down like in the fourth pic, he strides out alot more, than when it is up in the air, of course.
As far as the bit, it's a sweet iron snaffle.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 06-30-2009 at 04:43 PM.