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  1. #21
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    Hawks Nest, great pictures! The first one shows clearly how long they are set, I also see that it is attached to the upper rein only (snaffle). Do you use the general length setting of withers or hip a has been suggested by other posters?

    Love the big smile, looks like you are having a fun ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gestalt View Post
    Hawks Nest, great pictures! The first one shows clearly how long they are set, I also see that it is attached to the upper rein only (snaffle). Do you use the general length setting of withers or hip a has been suggested by other posters?

    Love the big smile, looks like you are having a fun ride.
    I agree, those are wonderful pictures to show what you were explaining.
    I also love the smile, all having fun.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
    I would bet that the OP is talking about race horses galloping in the morning.

    As you say, you will almost never see a Martingale on a horse in an actual race.... except for the Irish Martingale which is used on both flat horses and jumpers, but that's not really a true martingale.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gestalt View Post
    Yes, thank you for the picture links. I had never noticed the Irish type before. Interesting. A woman I know that has been around and involved in hunters, jumpers, flat and harness racing said the running martingale is a tool she will always have in the training box.

    It basically keeps the reins on the side they are supposed to be.

    A RM is neat to have on a horse when you have the chance of things going sideways. When you don't need it it does not do anything but it's there when you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    I agree, those are wonderful pictures to show what you were explaining.
    I also love the smile, all having fun.
    The first one was coming to the last fence at my first prelim :P I was very relieved to have gotten that far.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gestalt View Post
    Hawks Nest, great pictures! The first one shows clearly how long they are set, I also see that it is attached to the upper rein only (snaffle). Do you use the general length setting of withers or hip a has been suggested by other posters?

    Love the big smile, looks like you are having a fun ride.
    For the first horse it was adjusted to go a bit higher than his throat lach (with a relaxed but still raised head). The second horse's is adjusted to be about an inch below the throat lach. As a general rule, I adjust to the throat latch and then go from there.

    And yes, only the snaffle rein goes through the martingale ring. I could go into all the details of how a martingale would effect a curb rein but the physics of it makes my head hurt.



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