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post #11 of 12 Old 05-14-2012, 06:53 PM
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No, but there are some pieces of equipment that I use as a "just in case" type of gear. I always use a breastplate on XC, even though I rarely have a saddle slip back. I always use an overgirth on prelim and above XC even though I have never had a girth break. I usually use a running martingale (properly adjusted) even though my horses don't fling their heads up. XC is a rough and ready discipline where KA KA can happen quickly. I would rather be over prepared than under prepared.

If the martingale is correctly adjusted, the horse never knows it's there.
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post #12 of 12 Old 05-14-2012, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
If the martingale is correctly adjusted, the horse never knows it's there.
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I use a running martingale when jumping and wouldn't enter the ring without one. I can count the number of times it has ever been employed on any of my horses on one hand.

Sometimes, things go wrong, even on the most highly trained and seasoned horses. It's nice to know that my teeth and precious nose are safe in the event of a sudden head throw two strides out from a fence

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