Thank you ladies!! I hate to see a good thread shut down because someone called someone else a name and that someone thinks the first someone is being mean. Come on people lets all act like adults.
I have used running martingales for people that needed help keeping thier horses head under control but I told them it was because they didn't ride well. I would consider putting a tie down on my kids horse if it would help them ride an otherwise suitable horse (very few suitable kids horses would need one). Many really succesful trainers use running martingales on every horse they ride. That's thier choice. I choose to take more time and not rely on a peice of equipment that is not legal in most competitions. If you need a tool to get done what you want then use it but realize that you're covering a hole in your riding and your horses training. If that is what you have to do then that's what you should do.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill