Originally Posted by Aesthetic
I don't think y'all understand this. I'm not just throwing him on a barrel pattern. I plan on teaching him these things far before I put him on a pattern. I'm taking him to an arena today with nice soft dirt, so he will be worked out here. I won't put him on pattern until he can rollback and get under himself with his back legs.
I swear, people seem to think everyone will do the worst on their horses. Like they're mature trainers. Goodness.
Then why did you say he was already on the pattern? Please see your own original post: "I'm working with an ex racehorse who like most, doesn't engage his hind quarters, round his back, or back up. Since my main discipline is barrel racing, I was told by a trainer out here to try a German Martingale on him. It will keep him on the calm side while he learns the pattern, and it helps him balance himself? What are the downfalls and pick ups of using a German Martingale on a horse? What all would it help with?"
It doesn't work to get haughty and defensive when you
did not explain yourself clearly in the first place. You wrote as if you want him to learn these things while he is on the pattern: "keep him calm" ..... "teach him balance"...... We cannot read your mind.
Regardless, he needs to have balance before starting the pattern.
And a piece of tack isn't going to "keep him calm". That's the rider's job. I am also questioning your trainer's advice from some of these statements. Good riding and training is what keeps a horse's mind sound while doing barrel work; not a GM.
I agree 100% with azarni. If you say he moves perfectly in the round pen with ground work, but can't do it undersaddle, then something is going wrong undersaddle. Does your saddle fit well? It is positioned properly? Does he have any back pain? Have his teeth been checked? Is there a problem with how you are cueing him so that he doesn't understand what you are asking?