Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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I agree that all disciplines have bad examples.
However, using martingales, esp if you ride in events where they are not allowed, does not teach your horse , or you, for that matter, to develop that true feel or self carriage, and if the then need to show without them, it is like taking away a crutch.
I see cowhorses work that cricket, waiting to take a cow down the fence, but that is an example of that cricket being used much like a pacifier.
Have foam on a horse in a performance rail class, and you will be marked down, as we want a quiet relaxed and closed mouth, without the use of a cavasson .
I never have a trail horse, either, foam at the mouth
Far as I can see, it is seen in disciplines ridden with a lot of contact, in conjunction with some sort of noseband, be it flash or just a cavasson
Therefore, I will continue to view a foaming mouth as contrary to a horse carrying a bit, relaxed
Of course, there are bad examples in every discipline, but the fact remains, better horses are created by riding with feel, using legs and hands in the right balance, without any martingales, draw reins, ect
Sometimes they are needed on a problem horse, or used in disciplines where ;bigger' bits are also used to control a horse worked at speed, but if you can train without them, you will produce a better, softer and more responsive and light horse
Jumping, you show with martingales, so use them to train if needed
In events,w here I show, in which neither martingales or cavassons are legal, it makes sense to train in equipment that you can show in
Otherwise, you go into a classs, and the horse says 'whee, I can carry myself where I want , and at the speed I want.
Trial riding with those devises is just plain 'stupid'