Know Your Horse
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.
CAROL COLLEEN, Oregon