Originally Posted by gypsygirl
standing martingales [besides now being a 'look'] are used in the hunter ring because they are used on foxhunts for horses who throw their heads. the reason you don't see running martingales in the hunter ring is because they are seen as dangerous for foxhunting and not allowed during a hunt. show hunters was really made to be a way to judge foxhunting horses. Although I think we've moved away from that a bit, I would never want to hunt a 17.3hh fat horse personally. They still look for a big open stride, clean jump, and minimal tack and saddle pad.
Say what? No runnings in the hunt field? In the three hunts I was a member of (and colored in), runnings were as common as standings. In fact, runnings are safer in the field. Ever seen a horse fall in water with a standing on? Ever seen one have trouble getting their head up to breathe? I have. That is why standings are ILLEGAL in eventing. It is too easy for a horse to drown with a standing martingale on. The people who do use standings in the field should have then on a snap and disconnect it when crossing water.
Ring hunters have very little left of the field hunters in this country.