I've owned and ridden Western horses my whole life, but have never needed to use a martingale. I just recently bought one, and I feel like SUCH the ****** not knowing how to put it on! On mine there's three strips of leather, and the one has a clip at the bottom that goes between the forelegs and attaches to the girth, I know. But there's also the other two that span out on either side of the neck...do those attach to the reins or the saddle rings near the pommel? This is a Western saddle and reins, btw.
It's not a martingale like I've ever seen; to make it easier I'll try to re-describe it:
Okay. So there's three strips of leather, seperated equally, connected by a metal ring in the center. One of the leather strips ends in a clip, which I know goes on the girth. First question: There's a ring on either side of the girth, one of them is closer to the forelegs and one closer to the rear, but they're lined up on the underline of the horse. Does it matter which ring the the martingale clips to? Then there's the other two strips of leather on the martingale, which I take to go around the neck. Each leather strip is adjustable in size, and has a loop which you string around something. Do the reins go through them or do they attach to the loop below each side of the pommel?
Sounds confusing even to me! Please help lol; thanks