Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: I live in that card board box you pass by every day on your way to work.
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I don't compete in dressage but dabble into it for my own benefit as a rider.
I do use "gadgets"...I use draw reins and martingales depending on the individual horse. (often used with a caveson, leaving enough room to fit two fingures between the horse and the nose band)
I DO NOT use them for head carriage/set...whatever you want to call it. I use them to help teach the horse to break at the pole and give to bit pressure without a fight and without the risk of hardening a horse's mouth. I've used my method on several horses, all of which break at the pole with light bit contact.(always in a snaffle)
I believe that those who havent used them before, shouldnt use them without instruction from a professional.
There will always be some sort of evolution in training...and there will always be someone to abuse it.