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post #1 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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western training aids

Curious as to find out what these trainings aids are used for

1. Training Forks
a. Short
b. Long

2. I have to describe this one as I don't know what it is called
It looks like a training fork, but part of it goes around the horse's neck
back towards the saddle. Kinda looks like it has 3 different ways
of hooking up
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-08-2009, 12:06 PM
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Got any pictures??? I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to...

I'm wondering if 1) is just different types of tie downs and 2) isn't a type of breast collar???

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-08-2009, 01:18 PM
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A training fork works the same as a running martingale for an english rider. The reins go through the two little rings and the end hooks down by the girth or breastcollar. They are used to teach a horse correct head positioning.
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Velvet, a training fork is used as a fast "fix" for a horse who throws his head up or one that you want to "teach" to hold his head on the vertical. It can be a very sever devise in heavy and/or untrained hands. It is also a bad substitute for proper training.

It typically goes from the girth through a ring on a breast collar and your reins go through the rings on the fork. A second type goes over your horse's head, attached to "Ds" on your saddle and one end going to the girth while your reins go through the rings on the fork. That one is used especially if you do not use a breast collar.

Without it going through the breast collar or attached to the "Ds" it would hang too low and your horse could very easily step through it.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-08-2009, 03:57 PM
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IRide said it well above. I agree .

I don't use any kind of martingale or draw reins while riding, never have on any horse I have owned or trained. They're just not needed in you have enough time and patience to train a horse right.

Now, a friend of mine bought a horse who was a habitual head tosser. He was so bad he'd nearly hit you in the face! His rider used a training fork set very loose, as a safety devise. It only restricted the reins when the horse's nose was nearly pointed at the sky... They kept it on while they worked on his head tossing issue, and eventually weaned him out of it. THAT, IMO, is the only time someone would "need" a training fork.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-09-2009, 02:35 PM
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You may be describing a german martingale. I used to show Arabians and a lot of trainers used them to tweak the head height. The rings were set at different levels, so you could use one ring for country pleasure and a different one for a western horse. I think training aids can be overused, but they have there places or trainers wouldn't use them.
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