Know Your Horse

Horse & Rider - - We Hear You -

In his Oc­to­ber 2016 Tack Talk in­stall­ment, Al Dun­ning stressed pur­pose and proper use of the Ger­man mar­tin­gale. I’d add that you must know your horse. My 13-year- old mare can still be re­ac­tive, high-headed, and claus­tro­pho­bic. A trainer once rec­om­mended that I try a Ger­man mar­tin­gale. Af­ter just one or two steps with the mar­tin­gale, my mare ex­ploded. I no longer use any type of mar­tin­gale on my mare and am us­ing a dif­fer­ent trainer and a dif­fer­ent train­ing ap­proach that’s help­ing her fig­ure things out.


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