Originally Posted by Clava
I'm not sure why the running martingale not coming into play should be beyond you? It is pretty simple in that the contact is more than enough to hold up the weight (which is slight) of the martingale attachment and so the ring runs along the reins but makes no impact on the line of the reins, if you ride without a contact then there is no impact on anything for them to have any effect. If the martingale is set too low, which is incorrect, only then will it affect the bit / rein / hand line. A running martingale is a useful safety measure on an unpredictable horse who may throw it's head up suddenly.
Actually, it isn't! The words were a "play on & phrasing of words"....
But if you truly ride with very
soft hands and soft contact...those rings and the weight of the leather straps do
come into play.
a downward force...on a sensitive mouthed animal it makes a difference.
Let go of your horses face and drop your contact by half... big difference in feel and communication on a truly soft mouthed horse.
If you think, "A running martingale is a useful safety measure on an unpredictable horse who may throw it's head up suddenly."
Safety measure, sure it is ...so was the WHACK to the bars of the mouth, tongue and teeth. Some horse just flipped over from that WHACK in the mouth...
I'll let the standing martingale be my "safety measure" and not sacrifice my horses mouth...let the noseband of my bridle exert the force to the bridge of the nose keeping the head away from my face.
Just a different philosophy and way your were taught to ride and use equipment.
To each their own.
Have a super day!!