Originally Posted by SEAmom
Does the martingale have the running attachment as well or is it more like this http://images02.sstack.weblinc.com/r...446.a.zoom.jpg
The draw reins seem excessive, I agree. The twisted snaffle may also be excessive if she's being rough with it. Long lining itself is not a bad thing and useful for "riding" a horse without actually riding. I know many trainers that will long line prior to riding, especially young/green horses and as a random refresher with the seasoned horses. The Western saddle in place of the cutback is irrelevant for the most part. I do agree that she's missing something if the horse is still pulling with no overall improvement. I always ride/school with a martingale like the one I posted, but it has 10 rings for flexibility. My horse is also young, green, and can get his head high if he's frustrated or working through something. That makes it more difficult to help him work through it if I'm trying to not get knocked out. Posted via Mobile Device
Yeah it's a martingale like that. I went over to ride my friends horse, and I was expecting a cutback saddle and the double bridle I used to ride the horse in, and they threw all this stuff on. I was completely dumbfounded.
The trainer herself is VERY rough on the horses' mouths, so I really don't see how these horses improve. The horse I rode did have a load of improvement from the last time I rode her, but I'm waiting for one day when they don't have all the "extra" junk on, and something goes wrong.
As for the long lining, it seemed like it was just something to take the place of actual riding. With my knowledge of their trainer, they long lined probably over 85% of the time, and the rest was riding. Now as for my horse, long lining and riding would be 2 completely different things. My horse as an individual, it wouldn't matter if he was a perfect horse under long lining, I would still have to work hard under saddle to keep him good.
Maybe it's just me personally that sees a problem with this training method since the whole time I've been into horses, I trained only under saddle.. Who knows