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        06-05-2008, 11:44 PM
    Which one?

    German Martingale vs. Running Martingale

    Which do you think would work best for me and Blu?
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        06-05-2008, 11:48 PM
    What are you wanting to do with a martingale? What bit are you using? Has Blue been taught to hold his head? What are you trying to accomplish?
    The two martingales accomplish completely different things...
        06-05-2008, 11:57 PM
    I'm not saying I am going to use one. I am trying to figure out if I ever feel the need to, which to use. I DO NOT want Blu's head right in front of my face. I hate that! :roll:
        06-06-2008, 12:00 AM
    I was just asking those questions because that's infromation I would need in order to recommend one or the other.
    In reality, all you need to do is teach him how to work in a headset, or at the very least stretch into your contact. You can throw all the devices you want on him; once you take them off they won't do a lick of good unless you can teach him how to accomplish it without the gear.
        06-06-2008, 12:01 AM
    He collects in his jog/trot cery nicely but as soon as we get to faster speeds his head is up in the air. He only has a pinch of Arabian and its already bugging me. Lol.
        06-06-2008, 12:05 AM
    Breed shouldn't matter haha.. Can you not just transfer your training into the canter? Remember that collection and headset are not the same thing.
    If you want a quick, temporary "fix" the German martingale is it. They're basically fixed draw reins. Once again, they're not for riders who don't know how to use them. (I put this "warning" label on every post that I say anything about equipment)
        06-06-2008, 12:09 AM
    I seem to need both Collection and Headset.
        06-06-2008, 12:12 AM
    Yes, as you should. What I'm wondering is why is he suddenly sticking his head up in the air at the canter rather than at the trot?
        06-06-2008, 12:13 AM
    If I keep his trot under control, collected, and at a steady pace he is fine. But like I said, speed excites him....or at least I think so.
        06-06-2008, 12:19 PM
    Re: Which one?

    Originally Posted by BluMagic
    German Martingale vs. Running Martingale

    Which do you think would work best for me and Blu?

    Neither. Unless you are competing as an amateur or higher in the jumper ring (and then you wouldn't be asking us this question) you and your horse don't need this extra gear.

    You shouldn't be adding extra equipment in the hopes it will fix and short cut from teaching him to carry himself properly.

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