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Running martingale or tie-down?
#1
Anyone got any preferences, pros & cons, etc. to share with me since I've never used either? Drina keeps her head down and out of the way if I two-hand the reins but tends to carry it high if I ride single handed ... which means her head gets in the way of whatever I'm doing with that other hand!

'plash
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#2
I don't know! A tie down restricts a horses head by putting pressure either on the nose or poll. The running martingale puts the pressure on the reins and thus the bit and mouth.

I wonder if a different bit would work better with one hand than another. You wouldn't think a difference of a few inches in hand placement would make such a difference but it does. Maybe try S.L.O.W.L.Y. moving your hands closer together and getting her to give to pressure.

Can you try both? I'd try the tie down from the lunge line first. She might not be pleased with her head restricted. I think it'd be easier to release the pressure from the martingale by letting the reins out if you had to.

Good luck! Let us know how what you decide and how it works.
Karen ~ Trails  
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#3
I use a tie down on Hookie when running poles or barrels. It helps to steady him in the turns and if he gets too hot he can't raise his head too high to avoid the bit pressure when we need it.

It's adjusted to give him as much head freedom he needs without getting too high.

Fern sometimes uses a running martingale to help teach a young horse collection. You can hold their head and drive from behind to get the required collection then give the release from the reins to encourage self collection.

If she goes well with two hands but not one I suspect you are holding the reins either a bit tighter or a a bit higher than she is used too. It could happen depending on the style of bit, the length of shanks and how the mouth piece changes position in her mouth with the different hand positions.
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#4
I'm sure I'm holding my hands higher than she's used to, that is the most likely thing; so I'm trying a martingale/training fork first, so that the rein line to the bit comes in a bit lower. She really doesn't need much encouragement to get her head down again, she just tosses it when she's worked up, and that little bit of lower pressure might be all that's needed. So far we've only tried that with one ride, though, so more testing needs to be done. Oh shucks, more riding! Big Grin

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#5
Let Us know how you make out. Sounds good so far.
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#6
Thanks for the update, 'splash! I bet she'll catch on to what you want in time.
Karen ~ Trails  
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Joe Paint Gelding
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#7
Is your running martin gale still working well for you? I've always thought about purchasing one! What are your pros and cons? Do you recommend purchasing?
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