Originally Posted by juliann95
I have been around horses for practically my full life and they have all had martingales. Now with my own, I am wondering should I get one for him? What is its purpose? If I should what are qualities/brands that you recommend me looking for?
They are used for different reasons.
MOST are just training aids or band aids or gadgets. Some act more like a breast plate (western) to keep the saddle from slipping.
If you ride properly without pushing the horse too hard and fast or pulling them into a frame, you can do without.
Though in some disciplines a martingale/breastplate is important such as jumping or eventing.
Do you have a trainer that you can talk with and see if you need one for your horse? My horse used to be in one but we're slowly working out of it (he had major issues, poor guy)