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post #31 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 06:28 PM
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Any bit in the wrong hands may be harsh.

Gentle hands and patience save the mouth.
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post #32 of 33 Old 07-03-2013, 06:48 PM
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The reason showjumpers, people who foxhunt and eventers almost always use a running martingale is because if the horse raises its head to a point where the action of the bit goes from the bars to the corners of the mouth at which point control gets lost the martingale acts as a lever effect to prevent that happening.
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The same applies if the rider gets unbalanced and their hands go out of the ideal position and into a place where they could be pulling upwards against the teeth and corners instead of against the bars
A martingale only works correctly if fitted correctly
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I never liked the running martingale as I always felt like it interfered with my hand. When it had to engage you lose the straight line from elbow to mouth connection. I actually felt LESS in control than when using the standing version. The preference of course was to train the horse so as not to need the martingale but some are just too jump silly.
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