Why else then??? To see the pretty clouds or because they are punk rocker horses?? |
I never said it won't for ANY reason, I said USUALLY won't. And that is a completely correct statement. They usually don't toss their heads without reason, not because they are stubborn, but because there is an issue that causes them to act in that way.
Because they are built like that? (Arabs) Because they are trying a new way to react to pressure? Because they have learnt that head tossing leads to less contact/less work/less something?
No need for sarcasm - I restrained myself in my post so I appreciate the same in return. The way you worded your post implied that anybody who uses a head check/martingale has an axious or uncomfortable horse and is disregarding training in favour of a quick fix. While this is certainly true of some people - It is nowhere near the truth about everybody who uses them.
My arab is a perfect example - He is sound in mind and body, his saddle fits, he has had his teeth done, he is happy in his bit (a snaffle) he is very well educated - Yet when others ride him I put him in a martingale, very loosely. I can tell you that he is 100% NOT in any pain or discomfort and he is not anxious - He is just an arab, and sometimes flips his head up. The martingale has a physcological effect - When it's on, he doesn't do it, and it never comes into use.
Do you think that having a loose martingale on a horse to protect riders and which doesn't actually come into play at all is doing wrong by my horse?