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    12-28-2011, 04:22 AM
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What is the best martingale to use if I'm need it for a Connemara pony just to keep his head down.. I'm guessing a standing martingale?
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    12-28-2011, 04:29 AM
You mean like when jumping? I think the standing is the best, no?
    12-28-2011, 04:38 AM
Not jumping just flat riding.. Because I've heard that jumping with a standing martingale is dangerous
    12-28-2011, 05:36 AM
To prevent him from putting his head up too high or to actually hold it down?
    12-28-2011, 05:40 AM
To hold it down because I want him to have a good head set..
    12-28-2011, 05:42 AM
Actually.. I don't want it to secure his head down at all times I think just to keep him from always throwing his head up.
    12-28-2011, 06:50 AM
Good choice because the first answer would have been a total misuse of a martingale. You could use a standing martingale that is properly adjusted.
    12-28-2011, 07:55 AM
I'm glad that you posted that second response. Please please please please don't chuck a piece of equipment on a horse just to strap its head down to make it 'look pretty'. A 'head set' comes only from correct work from the hindquarters of the horse, a swinging back and eventually the 'head set' will come naturally.

Have you got a trainer? Because I am a strong believer in fixing the root of the problem, not just covering it with a bandaid. If he is throwing his head constantly, there will be a reason for him doing so. Possible dental issues, bitting issues, and rider issues. I would eliminate all of these options before strapping something to his head to cover the problem.
    12-28-2011, 12:51 PM
Yes sorry everyone that I posted the first one I reliezed that sound very stupid:( But kayty I know for a fact that there is no problem with him that causes him to throw his head. He is a very funny, always energetic horse and he throws his head for fun! Please dnt say that a horse doesn't do that without a problem because this horse does. When I'm riding him hands in correct position everything is fine.. He joyfully throws his head. But now it's not funny anymore because I don't want him to do that in a show ring. SO I need a martingale.!
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    12-28-2011, 03:30 PM
Even with everything you've said here horse lover, i'd still go with what kayty says and work with a trainer to teach your horse to use himself properly. I fully believe that a happy healthy horse doesn't "joyfully" throw his head all the time. Once in a great while? Sure. There are always exceptions. But often enough that you want a piece of equipment to help "solve" the problem? No.

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