I've always been of the opinion that you CAN fix any issue that would seem to need a martingale, WITHOUT a martingale. My horse, for example, had a HUGE problem with bit contact. Everytime I would pick up contact he would stick his head way up in the air, especially at the trot, and I could have put more equipment on him, but I chose not to. Now he's doing fantastic and is reaching for the bit and using his body correctly. Less is more, in my opinion.