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  1. #1
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    Jul. 29, 2011
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    Default Running martingale & pelham

    Is this combination a big fat no? I've looked it up on Google and on COTH and it's been a bunch of mixed results. Some say it'll lessen the curb effect, some say it'll make it harsher.

    Provided I put the snaffle rein (and snaffle rein ONLY) through the bit rings, is there anything harmful/unsafe about it?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 3, 2000
    Nokesville, VA


    A running martingale on the snaffle rein of a Pelham is perfectly acceptable.

    You just need to be sure you route the reins so the martingale does not interfere with the curb rein.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 16, 2000
    Concord, NH


    What Janet said.. Totally fine if you do it correctly - martingale on the snaffle rein, with stops, and to be sure it's not interfering with the curb rein the curb rein will go on the outside of the martingale leads.

    I used to do the following to make sure I got it right. Bridle the horse, and put only the snaffle rein over his neck. Attach martingale. Then put the curb rein over his neck. Once it's on and attached, you can take either or both reins back off his neck if you need to lead him and they won't get mixed up when you put them back on to ride.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 29, 2011
    Area 1


    Great, thanks! I've got a horse who jumps fabulously in both a standing martingale and a running, but I vastly prefer the running for safety issues. Just wanted to know it wouldn't have any ill effects.

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