There is a discussion going on in another thread about this, but I wanted to specifically ask competitive riders in the hunter jumper world to get some perspective...
I have noticed that a lot of riders are using standing martingales over fences. Why? I was always taught that you should not do this for both the comfort of your horse and because of safety issues, but it seems that all of a sudden I see standing martingales all over the jumper ring. And, on some of the horses it seems completely unnecessary.
I also have noticed that the top riders are not using them, and that if they do use a martingale for jumping, it is a running martingale, which is what I was always taught was correct.
When I asked some local people that I know, they really couldn't explain why they use the standing martingale, and one even admitted that they use one because everyone else does not because it had any use for their horse whatsoever.
I am not trying to criticize or judge, but I would like some perspective. I have learned over the years that sometimes I just don't understand the method to something. So before I open my mouth and insert my foot I thought I would ask people who might know. Thanks!