How should a standing martingale fit? How can you tell its adjusted correctly before you get on? I just bought a new one.
A standing martingale loop should reach the horse's wither when pulled up from the chest, or when attached to the noseband you should be able to make the leather touch the horse's throatlatch when the horse's head is relaxed.
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These days, you will NEVER see a standing adjusted correctly. It has been a long time since I have seen it not used as a tie down.
A correctly adjusted standing will not touch the horse unless it flings it's head way up.
This one is closer to being correct. Even though the horse's head is up, it isn't making contact.
Se how the horses seem to hold tension on the short ones? They will tend to lean into them and use it as a poor way to balance themselves. This will turn a small high headed problem into a much bigger one. Retraining horses who have had these short standings used on them is very difficult.
Allison - I love reading your posts. Haha. I've been trying to beat this into barrel racer's brains for awhile with tiedowns, that it shouldn't be cranked down like that....Love the photos too.
Great pics, Allison!
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I just bought mine (my first experience with one) on the recommendation of my trainer for shows, of course I will have her check it on my lesson on Sunday, but since I am headed back to the tack store where I bought it (2 hr drive) I wanted to get a general gist of it if was the right size.
Yours sounds very good. As for the neck strap, there are rubber rings that help hold the neckstrap in place. I like it to lay like the ones in the second and third photos I posted. Without the rubber ring, the neckstrao will tend to move, as the first and third photo have. It is important to keep the part of the martingale that goes between the front legs snug. If it droops too low it can be dangerous.
This is the ring
Rubber Martingale Ring | Dover Saddlery
it even comes in colors (not for the show ring!)
Colored Martingale Rings | Dover Saddlery
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