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post #11 of 12 Old 04-10-2007, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Desert Rat
Well I probably won't win friends or influence to many people on this one but to me draw reins and martin gales are just another gimmick like a lot of the other so called training aids out there. Instead of useing these un-natural pieces of tack someone has designed for short cut purposes an animal should be taken back to phase one of ground work. This is where it all starts and this is where the GOOD lifetime habits should be installed
No, I completely agree. Although I do think there are rare cases for some gadgets, I too generally believe they are only short cuts and quick fixes. No classical principles of training will tell you to use any of these items.

I have used them on a 23 year old to develop the back and on an off the track that was an ex-harness racer and was quite upside down. (had only been under saddle maybe a dozen times)
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-13-2007, 12:38 AM
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Both of these tools have functions, but I agree they are both a crutch or bandaid for lack of training.

All these will produce will be a "hard mouthed horse" When these are not enough, you will be forced to go to an even more extreme device.

There are several reasons that a horse will not mantain a constant speed, Usually nervous energy.

Some will not rate either, that is usually because of nervous energy.
I would recommend that you add another element to your training regime, simple trail riding, time in the saddle with you and your horse. Lots of wet saddle blankets, as well as your hunter jumper training. This will do several things for you and your horse. It will help you to learn to move together more effeciently, It will help make a happy horse, it will also help with his nervous energy. A lot of disciplines just work in thier disciplines parameters, then back to the stall goes the horse, but most horses need more than the 9-5 type regime we humans have learned to endure over the years. This is not really my idea, I have seen many of the top preformers in several disciplines spend a lot of time just having fun with their horse. And claim it is one of the reasons their horse preforms so well. Try it for a month and let us know how it works.
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