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post #121 of 124 Old 12-09-2009, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
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.
Well, the reason I didnt give you advice on what to do was because I had read the previous posts and saw that advice had already been given. Why be repetitive? I agree with Kevin.

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.
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post #122 of 124 Old 12-10-2009, 02:03 AM
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All we needed was Buddy09 unbanned and in here and this thread would have been REALLY fun. ;)

I still think my barrel horse ran 1000x better with correct balance and training with NO tie down than he did trying to battle a tie down all the way through the pattern. I'm sold on the basics first, ground work up theory.
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post #123 of 124 Old 12-10-2009, 05:41 AM
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Tie down have there place i guess I will never use them what I hate is running reins they sound fine but to me it's still tieing your horses head down.

Boots are a must for barrels two different colours would be cool but I haven't tested it but to me different boot types might hurt their legs.
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post #124 of 124 Old 12-10-2009, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Maverick101 View Post

I do think there is a time and place for the tie down, as is for spurs, crops, running martingales, german martingales, leverage bits, flashes etc etc.

There are many training aids that are over used/abused, and as people here say used as a crutch...however that is not to say that someone who uses one in specific situations is a bad horse person and cant ride. Of course in some instances this holds true. But when they have expelled all other options, these artificial aids can make their riding experience a more enjoyable one.
You are one very smart person!

Life is not black and white most of the time. It is good to see that someone realizes this.
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