Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
If a horse raises his head high to avoid the bit then the martingale will help but I don't believe a 7 year old has the strength to use it effectively. Stopping a fractious horse is best done, as JDI suggested, by pulling his nose to your knee and the martingale should prevent him from getting his nose way up in the air. I believe that is what your trainer was trying to accomplish. However, as Spyder said, some horses learn to avoid the effect of the martingale.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 03-30-2009 at 07:58 AM.