06-18-2012, 10:26 PM
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Training fork is also called a running martingale. Training forks though, usually attach to the breast collar or cinch without the loop around the neck.
You totally need to use these correctly. Used wrong they can cause bracing, being heavy on the forehand, and generally create a mess. But use them correctly and they can be a great training aid for teaching a horse to collect, and proper head carriage. Some people say they are gimmicks, I have used them on my colts for the last 7 years. My horses are light in the face and collect up wonderfully. But if you do not have someone spend the time and teach you how to use these correctly, well I wouldn't touch them. If someone, many years ago hadn't shown me how to use and work a running martingale - I wouldn't have ever started.
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