I've heard of them, and have one sitting in the barn that's hardly been used... but I'm wondering if it would be helpful for my one mare, Lizzy.
She's 5 years old... I think. We got her for free from a guy who didnt want her... she was wild, never been handled before she came to us.
We started her as a 3 year old and we can now use her as a heeling horse (team roping) and I rope calves off of her in the branding pen. She is well behaved in the roping arena, and branding corral.. and well... that's about it.
Out in the field where I do all of my riding, I can't possibly get her from a nice easy trot, into a lope without her jumping into it and running through my hands with her head in the air.
She also goes from her easy trot into a really fast and uncomfortable trot when I ask for a lope, so I have to get her into a lope, which she runs into with her head in he sky as I said before.
She also has problems with loping slow circles in the correct lead. She'd start the circle, then switch leads, drop her shoulder and do, like, a barrel turn. She then breaks into the fast trot when I get her out of the circle, and we start the whole process again...
It's really frustrating me, because I come out of our rides grumpy which normally doesnt happen with any other horse.
Would riding with a training fork or martingale be appropiate? I for sure wouldn't use it all the time on her, just a few times, then see how she is without it for a couple rides and go from there. And I've been riding her in a snaffle lately, so that isnt a problem.
Here's a picture of the little... witch. (the paint)