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  • Favourite Running Martingale?

    I've been looking at buying a good running martingale ...I really need to stop borrowing my trainer's.
    However I don't really know which brands to look at. I'm disinclined to go w/ Nunn Finer, despite liking their stuff, because the fit of their breastplates are a bit off for my horse(cob is a little small, horse is a little big. he usually wears cob size.), and I'd worry that the martingale might be the same.

    I want something nice that won't break the bank.
    any suggestions?

  • #2
    I love my nunn finer elastic running martingale attachment in oversize. I also have the horse size, but I like the longer forks on the attachment.

    I also like the adjustable attachments, but I feel they can be too short.
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    • #3
      Ditto FLeventer. If you get the attachment, make sure it's Oversize. Nothing worse than a too-short martingale!

      For real martingales, I always liked Bobby's English Tack. They were plenty long enough for the big horses, but you could always adjust them shorter for the little guys, too. Thick, robust leather that took abuse well...went through a lot of mud and water over the years on xc!
      “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
      ? Albert Einstein

      ~AJ~

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      • #4
        I love my CWD - you might want to take a look at those.
        http://STA551.com
        845-363-1875

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        • #5
          +1 on the oversize for attachments. On a slightly more shopaholic front, there are three stand alone martingales I love. High end, CWD makes awesome tack and I love all of their leather work. Their "bridge breastplate" with the very generously sized attachments are absolutely my favorite piece of tack. Smartpak makes reasonably priced martingales, and so far I've been impressed with the quality of their tack. For a total workhorse on a budget, Nunn Finer martingales are sized less strangely than the breastplates and last absolutely forever. I haven't had such great luck with the Bobby's, they look fabulous for a few years; but seem to look pretty gross quickly once they start to go.

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          • #6
            I have (and love) the NF elastic attachment in horse size, and I can't imagine needing it in oversize. I have a 16.1 TB and I had to punch an extra hole in it, and it's still almost too big. It even fits my mom's 17.1 guy.

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            • #7
              Do you guys really use an oversize attachment on all your horses? My horse is 15.3 and wears a horse size breastplate, but I use a cob sized running attachment on the shortest hole. He still has plenty of room. Even a horse size would be way too long to do anything
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              • #8
                Yes, oversize. I want the martingale rings to reach up to my horse's jowl, and/or to the top of the withers. The horse ones usually only go partway up the neck. A too-short martingale can restrict the horse's freedom to jump. I've seen more than one horse stop unexpectedly (with a pro, too); lengthen or remove the martingale, and they jump just fine from the same distance. I'd much rather have a long martingale. My mare is 16.1.

                I've rigged normal horse-sized martingales to be 3" longer with a flash strap and trigger snap (for a brief schooling session). Better safe than sorry.
                “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
                ? Albert Einstein

                ~AJ~

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                  #9
                  I looked at Bobby's - I like their braided martingale, seems like it would go nicely w/ my plaited reins. I want something that will hold up though.
                  CWD is a little out of my price range, I'd like to keep it under $150 at the very most, preferably closer to the $100 mark.
                  Any other suggestions for actual martingales(not attachments)?

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                  • #10
                    I've had a flat Bobby's running martingale for about eight years now. I also have two bridles (with Nunn Finer figure-8s on them) that are as old or older, and they have held up beautifully under a lot of work. I had taken the martingale fork off the neckstrap to use on a polo-style breastcollar, and recently had it put back together and it still looks great.

                    Just my two cents, I have been very pleased with Bobby's tack for the quality at the price point.

                    Also, I used to have a braided inlay bridle from Harmon-Kraft, and I find that the inlays don't hold up as well (thinner leather), so I would stick with flat or plain raised leather in general.
                    Leap, and the net will appear

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                    • #11
                      I am looking for a breastplate for my 14.2H stocky Haffie, not to hijack thread but any suggestions? Was looking at this one from Five Star Tack:
                      http://www.fivestartack.com/breastplate_fst.php

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                      • #12
                        I have a five star tack breastplate and it is lovely, althoygh on my greenie, I use it with a ratty old elasticated running attachment because I really like that elastic in the attachment. I also use and like the amigo, which fits my cob sized guys brilliantly http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/BRSTPLT/ABWRA.htm
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by scubed View Post
                          I have a five star tack breastplate and it is lovely, althoygh on my greenie, I use it with a ratty old elasticated running attachment because I really like that elastic in the attachment. I also use and like the amigo, which fits my cob sized guys brilliantly http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/BRSTPLT/ABWRA.htm
                          wow that is a great price, thanks!

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                          • #14
                            OP, you might also try http://www.premiertackoutlet.com, they usually have some very nice tack at a discount. SmartPak also has the Arc de Triomphe martingale for 170, slightly more than you want to spend but very well made.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by scubed View Post
                              I have a five star tack breastplate and it is lovely, althoygh on my greenie, I use it with a ratty old elasticated running attachment because I really like that elastic in the attachment. I also use and like the amigo, which fits my cob sized guys brilliantly http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/BRSTPLT/ABWRA.htm
                              I didn't even know I wanted a breastplate with a running attachment...UNTIL I saw this one! Love the price! AND it's Cob size, score!!

                              Has yours held up pretty well??
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by TotB View Post
                                OP, you might also try http://www.premiertackoutlet.com, they usually have some very nice tack at a discount. SmartPak also has the Arc de Triomphe martingale for 170, slightly more than you want to spend but very well made.
                                I second PTO, a good source of high end tack at discounted prices.

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                                • #17
                                  Try here

                                  http://www.equestrianclearance.com/
                                  http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Highflyer View Post
                                    I have (and love) the NF elastic attachment in horse size, and I can't imagine needing it in oversize. I have a 16.1 TB and I had to punch an extra hole in it, and it's still almost too big. It even fits my mom's 17.1 guy.


                                    I agree. The regular horse size fits my 17.3 hand beast very nicely.



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