That horse is ticked and is being a saint for not throwing a royal hissy fit. I was always taught that a training fork was a crutch for people with bad hands. People who couldn't maintain correct pressure to get the horse to carry his head where they wanted it would slap one on there to basically force the horse to carry his nose down and tucked...when he would normally be flinging his head all over the place looking for some semblance of a release...which the horse in the video isn't getting. That is not a natural head carriage for that horse, not even close.
Originally Posted by kay56649
Everyone using a snaffle should be using a running martingale with their snaffles. It really isn't safe without one.
Really? In my experience, if the initial training is done correctly, then the horse stargazing and running off isn't a problem. I've been training horses for 15 years and ridden some pretty nasty ones, but I've never had a situation where I thought "Boy, I should have really had a tiedown/martingale on that horse, that would have stopped that wreck".
been in situations where a horse being un
able to get his head up could have cost one or both of us our lives though.
I guess it depends on what you mean by "safe". In the terrain and disciplines where I ride, having a horse that doesn't have full range of motion with their head can be incredibly dangerous, snaffle bit or not. I just prefer to take the time to put the proper training on the horse that they'll learn the correct way to give to the pressure of a snaffle instead of resisting against it and raising their head.