01-27-2010, 08:07 PM
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I am with you Wild_Spot, I dispise Standing Martingales.
Gadgets are made by man, for man. NO martingale will teach your horse anything, they just mute the underlying issue - and in my opinion, you and your horse need to go back to the basics and work on the Training Scale to correct both of your issues.
By the sounds of it, you are a rider who rides hands first - and dressage is doing to teach you to activate your seat and your core, to work towards a horse that works from the back end first, to the front.
I am going to take a wild stab in the dark, and guess that your horse is moving on her forehand, not using her back end, dropping her back and evading you - the rider. But a horse only reflects their rider.
Dressage is going to teach you to be more effective of a rider, to aid your horse to obtain the fundamentals to become a well balanced, respond to your aids, soft, engaged, rounded mount that you do not have right now.
The Training Scale.
A martingale, is going to cover the issues that is now rearing it's ugly head - and when you remove it, you are going to have the same horse, you have now.