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Posted 6/4/2014 11:06:50 AM


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ok,so whenever i wanna bring lucy down to a different gait(like the halt) she throws her head up to avoid bit contact...? One of my friends suggested a standing martingale.
She also has her head very high,in like a unnatural position during our rides? idk,should i use a martingale or draw reins? also,standing or running martingale?


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Posted 6/4/2014 12:45:11 PM


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It depends on your experience as a rider, I would suggest a martingale but idk which kind. It just depends on your riding skill level

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Draw reins should only be used if you are either very experienced or you have a very experienced trainer watching you while you ride with them every time. Otherwise, don't use them. They cause more harm than good if they aren't used properly.

I would put a standing martingale on her as a safety net while you work on fixing the problem. Both a martingale or draw reins are really just band-aids on the issue, but a standing martingale will keep you from getting whacked in the face in the meantime.

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A martingale won't hold her head down; it only prevents her from raising it so high that you lose control. That said, a properly fitted standing martingale is a good safety precaution anyway, but it won't do what you're looking for unless she's throwing her head so high that she's going to hit you in the face.

I would look into pain issues first. When was the last time she had her teeth floated? Does her saddle fit? Both of those are common causes of head tossing.

After that, try to figure out if it's a training issue before slapping draw reins on her. What bit does she go in? If her bit is too severe for her, that could be causing her to throw her head. Also, make sure you're using leg through the transition so she stays packaged together. Does she throw her head when you pick up contact normally? It may just be that she doesn't know how to accept contact.
I don't think you're experienced enough to use draw reins properly (I'm not trying to be rude, they require an experienced rider). Even if you did decide to use them, she'll still toss her head when you take the draw reins off if your goal is only to keep her from tossing her head during transitions. If you're also going to use them to try to force her head down, again, your problem will still be there when you take them off.

I would try to take a couple lessons with an experienced dressage trainer. :) They'll be able to help you better than anyone on the internet can.

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Posted 6/5/2014 7:41:31 PM


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Wooow wrong thread

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Posted 6/6/2014 3:03:40 PM


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ok thanks guys. I begin lessons next week so i'll see what my trainer thinks


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