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post #31 of 71 Old 05-12-2010, 08:05 PM
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Respectfully disagree, as I always do wth this statement. On certain horses, it is a useful tool, but ONLY when used as properly intended.
That is perfectly fine, I respectfully disagree with you too lol. You say tool, I say crutch, tomato/tomato eh?

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That is perfectly fine, I respectfully disagree with you too lol. You say tool, I say crutch, tomato/tomato eh?
Not quite tomato/tmato, as it isn't just a differencwe in terminology, but a difference in the opinion of the equipment. But close enough :]

However, I ahve also already stated that a martingale would be useless in this situation, OP has accepted that and moved on, so all is good :]

OP - My first pony actually did the same thing; Rearing when I was mounting. She started it when I took her to our first PC camp. She would get horribly excited in the mornings with 300 odd riders and horses saddling up and moving out. I was about 11, but could handle her pretty well (She was a pesky little welsh mare) and I was absolutely horrified when they insisted on leading me around like a 5yo because of it. It took a few days to convince them I was fine and could handle her myself, and as she got tired throughout the week, it stopped.

Obviously different to your situation!

We will be able to give more advice once we have some more info - As JDI asked, what tack you are using, how you go about mounting, etc.

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Respectfully disagree, as I always do wth this statement. On certain horses, it is a useful tool, but ONLY when used as properly intended.
I agree, WS. The RM only ever comes into play IF a horse flips its head up and back, like some do when excited for certain events. I've felt firsthand what horse's neck+my nose feels like - not fun.
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Me too JDI, had a half arab ex barreler that got too excited one day and gave me the arab flip, smacked me right in the chin! Not too fun.

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Respectfully disagree, as I always do with this statement. On certain horses, it is a useful tool, but ONLY when used as properly intended.

THANK YOU!

RM's CAN be crutches. But do not generalize all who use them.

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Just my opinion guys, I am not condemning anyone who uses, I know a few that do that are amazing riders.

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I just get annoyed when people say that because not all horses who use them necessarily have an underlying issue. My mare has one on because she's a big (17hh) strong mare who gets overly excited when jumping. Can't train out the enthusiasm or else she wouldn't be a good jumper! lol

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Exactly! So you use it as a "crutch" to help you control her...maybe I need a different word to use, crutch sounds so negative... sorry guys that is not how
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And I can't train the Arab out of Wildey!

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Exactly! So you use it as a "crutch" to help you control her...maybe I need a different word to use, crutch sounds so negative... sorry guys that is not how
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Its a crutch if its effectively controlling a problem, like rearing, bolting, or a high headset par example.

In eventerdrews case the only problem (is it a problem?) is her horse liking her job and the rider being a woman. If her rider were a man, the RM might not be needed. It does not disguise an underlying problem of bolting, being out of control, etc.

Its like using a shovel to dig. Sure, you could use your hands and do it, but its so much easier to just use the shovel since that's what its intended for.
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