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post #1 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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your thoughts on martingales

my barn friend uses a running martingale on her horse when she jumps 3 or 4 ft she said i should consider getting one i don't really think i need one but i'm not sure
what are your thoughts
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 03:35 PM
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IMHO, generally speaking, if you don't think you need one or if you are unsure, then the answer is "no".

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cool i don't really want one
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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Unless your horse dangerously flips his head, then you shouldn't need one at all.
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^^And even then, I'm of a mind that it should only be used for a short amount of time while the training issue is rooted out and fixed.

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I've had two different trainers tell me I should put a running martingale on Excel, but I won't do it. At times, he can become somewhat high-headed in new surroundings, but in no way is it dangerous or even an act of resistance. He does it to take in his surroundings, and after warming up will bring it right back to where it needs to be. I won't use a martingale because it's something I can easily work through without needing to rely on it.

Yes, there is a time and a place for standing, running, German, etc. martingales, but if you don't think you need it, there's your answer.
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^^And even then, I'm of a mind that it should only be used for a short amount of time while the training issue is rooted out and fixed.

Yes, this too. I see some people who only use them during a jumpers round just to be safe.
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i dont see running martingales as horrible, they definitely have a place. but like equiniphile said, a horse puts their head up to see things that are far away and i think you should let them do that. it doesnt sound like you need one !

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ya hex doesn't really throw her head unless something is bothering her but even then she rears or bucks and elmo is pretty calm
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Am I the only one who uses martingales? As a polo player, I guess my face has been saved COUNTLESS times by a martingale and I've seen girls break their noses from not wearing one and having a horse check it's head up... I guess it just depends on what you're doing and your horse's habits.
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