Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
You are riding your horse front to back as opposed to back to front. If you are using martingales to get his head in the "right place," you are riding incorrectly. Certainly, your trainer is also to blame for putting a martingale on your horse to begin with.
If your horse likes the eggbutt, then lose the martingale and ride the horse. If he is heavy in your hands and leaning on the forehand, give him a bump with your calves and send him forward. Keep your hands soft and forgiving, do not give him something to "brace" against
I won't even comment on putting a German martingale on a leverage bit. O_o
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