Clava... that is the point....
adjusted standing martingale does not ever
become tight unless the horse places their head above and into a "danger zone". The difference being standing martingale is
attached to a noseband and not
to a mouth as a running martingale is.
To many people don't know how obviously by what you have seen to adjust correctly...they use it wrong as a "head-setting" or head-restrictive device...it is neither.
As soon as a running martingale hits the end of that leather strap the horses mouth and communication has now been affected and impaired. There is no
straight line of bit to hand communication left...so it applies downward force, the higher the head the more force and the worse the fight the horse gives for control of its hurting mouth
If the horse never raises its head and makes contact with the thing, WHY
are you using it in the first place???
Well, all I can say to all of you that think the running martingale is "the answer" and can't ride on the flat let alone over fences without one is... you may have serious holes in your training.
You also have probably never shown equitation or hunter style classes. If you dared to enter a ring with that running martingale on your horse you would be excused from the ring, disqualified. They are illegal to my knowledge to use except in jumpers or cross-country style of riding....I have never seen a dressage horse shown in one either.
I look at the pictures you all posted and I see very
nice horses, but I also see "contraptions" of dropped nosebands, flash nosebands, martingales, and both horses traveling behind the vertical with their noses. It is just something I am
uncomfortable seeing and honestly, when I see people using running martingales these are the things I see commonly happening, why...I don't know
, because that should not be happening either. Again, not things I am comfortable seeing nor did as these "nosebands" also would have you excused from the show ring as illegal...sorry....
In reference to your "you can't jump big"... I've jumped 4' high 5' wide oxers on a friends horse with that standing martingale attached, that is pretty big, not huge but not tiny either...he had no problem or issue completing his course...he also shortly after no longer was ridden in a martingale as he didn't
need one..that was proved when he jumped jump after jump without one later on and didn't toss or throw his head ever...I believe cross-country courses may have larger fences but I have not ridden cross-country to this degree of difficulty, and won't as I am uncomfortable riding my horse over such terrain. Call me a chicken...those fences don't pop apart if you misjudge...no thank-you!! Sometimes I think we all do things because it is the excepted "norm" and what others do so you copy them...even if not in the best interest of your horse.
To each their own...I just know you won't find a running martingale on my horse just as you probably by your answers won't find a standing on yours...different training technique, different training background..best training one though is to fill in the holes in the training and not need the device(s) in the first place. I'm stepping out of this debate as you are set in your thoughts and ways, and so am I...
Have a great day all... happy trails.