Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
No, a martingale is not a training tool. It is a corrective tool. It should never even impact the horse unless the horse's head is dangerously high. It should never be adjusted to, in any way, hold the horse's head down.
If they are adjusted the way I see many in the hunter ring, they will be too short. And, they may learn to lean against it. It is RARE to see a standing martingale adjusted correctly, these days.
The real question is what discipline are you wanting to ride? Running martingales are not acceptable in hunters....standings are not acceptable in jumpers and illegal in eventing.
Any way you look at it, good training should make it less likely for a horse to throw their head up so high a martingale is needed. If you want a breastplate, no attachment is a good option there.