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HunterJumper3D 05-30-2012 11:13 PM

Xander, my new journey.
 
Hi I decided to start a journal about my progress with my horse Xander who I've had for about 3 months.

Well, after our second and disastrous, don't really feel like going into specifics, show the weekend before last, my trainer has put X in a running martingale. What a huge difference it has made! He is actually listening to my aids and he is figuring out how to carry himself in a nice frame. Well, I have another show this weekend so I hope our hard work pays off! I'm still having a little trouble with him picking up his correct leads. But that is improving in strides, excuse my pun :), too.

So, I know that many people in the horse world frown and call martingales and the like "gadgets" and "quick fixes" and are very against them. Whats your opinion and why? I am opening this up for discussion and some debate but lets try to be respectful of others opinions :)

Here is a pic of Xander going well in his martingale-
http://i50.tinypic.com/wi7qkj.jpg
and another-
http://i45.tinypic.com/2vkyfqa.jpg
much better then when i first got him huh?-
http://i50.tinypic.com/2it1y0g.jpg
PS- If you read this and reply then your awesome :)

gymkhanaprincess7 05-30-2012 11:48 PM

Well, um, I ride western in a snaffle twist so can't really have an imput, but I've ridden in many martingales for many horses, and they work for those horses. I don't see anything wrong with it if it works for you and your horse :)

P.S. Congrats on your new guy!! :) I hope you have a long and wonderful journey with him.

Lins 05-30-2012 11:57 PM

He's very heavy on his forehand with the martingale on. 'Frame' is not what you want, the goal should be collection by shifting his weight onto his hind quarters. Nice horse though, its good that he's listening to you better.
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HunterJumper3D 05-30-2012 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by gymkhanaprincess7 (Post 1525181)
Well, um, I ride western in a snaffle twist so can't really have an imput, but I've ridden in many martingales for many horses, and they work for those horses. I don't see anything wrong with it if it works for you and your horse :)

P.S. Congrats on your new guy!! :) I hope you have a long and wonderful journey with him.

Thanks! :) And yeah there may not be many people on here who are against them but I have encountered quite a few and never really understood why they don't like them.

HunterJumper3D 05-31-2012 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Lins (Post 1525200)
He's very heavy on his forehand with the martingale on. 'Frame' is not what you want, the goal should be collection by shifting his weight onto his hind quarters. Nice horse though, its good that he's listening to you better.
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Why dont you want a 'frame'? What do you mean?

Lins 05-31-2012 12:05 AM

By saying frame, do you mean getting his head down?
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HunterJumper3D 05-31-2012 12:08 AM

No, more like getting him to 'carry' himself and keep light off my hands, you may not be able to see it in the pics but the reins are quite soft and not tight. Resulting in him softening and his head lowering into a 'long and low' hunter position. So, yes and no, I guess.

Lins 05-31-2012 12:13 AM

Have you tried getting him up off his forehand and onto his hind quarters? Your coach should be focused on that more then his head.

The only problem I have with martingales is when people try to use them to force their horse's head down and let them carry themselves on their front end. Rather then forget about the head and get them using their engine, their hind quarters.
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HunterJumper3D 05-31-2012 12:16 AM

Yeah we have been working on that, my trainer keeps telling me to "pretend his brain is in his butt" :) thanks for you comments though, I'll try to keep them in mind when I'm riding tomorrow :)

Lins 05-31-2012 12:38 AM

haha! That's good, you two will get it if you keep working on it.
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