Originally Posted by nate1
I'v used martingales on the trail before the horse would throw her head up and crow hop. She would crow hop and the previous rider would get off... So I put a martingale on her and with me riding her she has stoped throwing her head around and I took the martingale off. Sometimes you have to show the horse they can't do the head throwing and do it long enough for the horse to get the point and then take it off and if that includes the use of training aids then so be it. But only in certain circumstances does the training aid need to stay... sometimes a person has to use a tiedown because that's the only thing that can keep the horse down on hte ground or under control
While it is true that a tie down can be used as a training aid - the trail is not the appropriate place for that. The horse should be well trained before they ever hit the trail. If they really can't be ridden without a tie down, then they aren't an appropriate trail horse.
We ride on some very steep terrain and there are many times that I have had to "give my horse her head" when she is crossing something or going down a steep hill. If she were restricted, I'm sure she couldn't have stayed balanced on some of our rides.