Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: On the big bay horse
MissPhoebe: I show hunter/jumper in mostly the northeast and it has been a "fad" here since I have been showing, even as a very young kid...even in my crossrail days, my trainer put the martingale on for the "fences" phase. However, up until a 3 years ago I was with a trainer who didnt exactly explain the "why" behind everything and when I moved to my new barn I began to explore reasons etc. I have to say that I personally stopped using mine because I just find them as a waste of time to put on. I also show in the Equitation and Medals so I want the judge to think I do not need manmade tools to control my horse. My horse has a beautiful headset so a martingale is REALLY unnecessary for him. Also, he is about 18hands, so getting off and on to add/remove a martingale can be very annoying. I also suggest to any of my friends that they stop using theirs. I have yet to encounter a horse that really needs one but I do believe they exist, or why else would the devide be created? I agree with ErikaLynns quote about the crop. I would think of the standing martingale very similar to something like german martingale or draw reins...you just don't show with them. I agree with a running martingale because it is designed to give a release and it is appropriate only in the schooling ring, jumper ring, eventing etc.
However, I really dislike this "fad" and I'd really like to see it done with.