I don't use a tiedown for this, but I do use a martingale. Instead of just saying it is wrong and horrible, why not offer a credible way to combat this without using a tiedown/martingale? Kevin is the ONLY person for far that has answered the repeated requests for other options.
I know I don't enjoy putting a martingale on my pony - It would make taking up a bunch less complicated if I didn't! And when I ride him, I don't. But NOT ONE PERSON has goven me ANY credible aid/solution to help stop him occasionally flipping his head with other riders. Please, all of you awesome horsemen who have never needed to employ a martingale, enlighten me! He is the ONLY horse I use one on - Which alone should tell you i'm not a martingale happy rider.
THANK YOU Kevin for actually answering the question that has been asked so many times!
My pony who goes in rings can do all the above also - plus a good amount of dressage, jumping, lateral movements etc. He is also a very well trained pony.
I think you thought that I was somehow addressing my message to you. I did not, once, say that a horse that uses a martingale/tiedown is undoubtedly a badly trained horse. I was addressing Kevin saying that, while I ride in one, my horse is an exceptionally well trained horse. Granted, there is a reason that he's in one... and it will be fixed. It's a gradual process. But I wouldnt put one on a horse that threw it's head consistantly.
Anyway, my point was just that, as kevin said after my post, the there are always going to be exceptions to the stereotypes.