Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
I still agree with my earlier comment, and anabels clarification... when ridden, a head thrower that encounters any resistance will throw up harder, and go up harder, then maybe fall on you.. you want to be able to throw away your reins, otherwise the horse is learning every time it tosses there is resistance from a martingale, hands, reins, anything.
Oh, I never had a horse throw their head up more or harder when using a martingale. Ever. Not using one, yes..I've had horse throw their head up and take off with me..and whenever I pulled back to slow them down...I had no control of the horses head what so ever.
If you keep the horse moving forward, they can't rear up. It's very difficult to get the horse to listen to your hands, legs or seat when it's head is in the clouds.