I hate German Martingales. There is a rider at the previous barn I was at who uses that piece of garbage gadget - cant' stand it. Every horse this person puts that thing on, goes backwards instead of improving in any means.
Gadgest teach the horse nothing.
my guess is examine if your horse has a "headset" or is actually engaged from behind and seeking contact and using their back. Headset means nothing, engagement imo is everything! |
I agree, proper riding is the key factor. Riding from back to front, ensuring that the horse is opened up in the front, moving under themselves, lifting their backs, tracking up and searching for contact.
When you get the puzzle pieces put together in order, the headset will come on its own, in time.