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What's the purpose of a standing martingale?

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What is the average length of a horse's canter stride??

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What's the purpose of a standing martingale?

A standing martingale properly adjusted and used correctly is a piece of equipment that does not restrict the horses movement nor way of carrying their head and neck under normal riding conditions. It does stop the horse from over extending their head to the point of hitting the rider in the face. That was the original and true intention of what a standing martingale did...

Here are some excerpts from a article/blog/opinion {link following} about pros and now cons of standing and running martingales...

Standing martingales were originally intended to stop a horse that was a head flipper from smashing its rider in the head.

As a training aid, properly adjusted standing martingales do have their place for horses that are likely to smash their owners in the face with their heads and have issues with the type of control a running martingale exerts.
http://horsesforlife.com/content/view/1488/1313/

Here is another series of questions and some very honest answers about standing martingales...
http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-116577.html

What is the average length of a horse's canter stride??
Again, something like this varies greatly due to the size of a horse, the breed of the horse, what the horse is doing...
The "average" stride on a "hunter/jumper" horse is said to be 12'....however again a link that gets into real detail about stride lengths of many different horses...and then links to more informative links of information.
What Is the Average Length of a Galloping Stride of a Horse - Ask.com...

Now that you are bombarded with more information than you anticipated... hope you enjoy the reading.


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