So I've been using the german on my gelding Rebel for awhile now, and he's an angel when its on. His headset is beautiful, he collects, has fantastic flexion and position over every pattern I set him on (We were using it as a training aid for dressage)
Well now here's my dilemma...I can't use the martingale in the actual show, and he totally falls apart without it. I have been trying to get the same results and balance him without the contraption on his face but its proven harder than it should be, because everytime I put his head back down with my hands he brings it back up again. I've spent a LOT of time just bringing his head down and only messing with his face when his head isn't where I want it.
My biggest issue with this, is he will drop his head so softly into place, but he won't keep it there. He bobs up and down (Not like an I'm-injured-and- lame-bobbing, but more like I-wonder-how-high-I-can-get-my-head-before-she-notices... type thing)
Should I just stop riding him in the martingale and focus only on training without it, or should I keep riding in it and maybe it'll get better? I ride him five days a week for 2+ hrs generally, not all of it is spent in the martingale though.