Adjustable String Cavesson #CA2
Description: The noseband on this Adjustable String Cavesson is made of tan 1/8 inch solid braid nylon cord. The adjustment knots at the bottom allow the noseband to be quickly changed between horses to 19, 21 or 23 inches. The headstall is made of 1/2 inch burgundy latigo leather that has been edged and hand-rubbed. The buckle is beveled stainless steel with a leather loop keeper. This cavesson lays flat under your bridle and will last for years of hard use.
Size Measurement: An easy way to be certain this cavesson will fit your horse is to wrap a leadrope around the nose where the cavesson will lay, mark the leadrope with a magic marker, straighten it and then measure the leadrope.
Sliding Running Martingale #CM3
Description: The sliding running martingale has a neck strap made of single ply 3/4 inch heavy harness leather. There is an adjustable tie down strap with cinch snap running from the center ring on the neck strap. A second snap with a ring-end is attached to the center ring of the neck strap and through the ring slides a heavy 1/4 inch nylon cord that’s 18 inches long with rein rings at each end. The sliding action allows the rider to pull the horse’s head completely around while maintaining correct placement. Buckles, rings and snaps are all stainless steel. An 1/2 inch latigo safety hobble strap goes through the gullet of the saddle and over the horn to prevent the neckstrap from sliding to the ears.
How it works: The running martingale is a very useful tool to aid a horse in learning proper head position as he learns collection. If adjusted correctly a martingale does not force the head to stay in any given position but allows the horse a guide for head placement through automatic release of pressure on the reins when correct head placement is achieved. This can make it easier for a horse to reach a more collected frame over time by allowing assistance with head position as the rider teaches the horse to drive from behind.
1 3/4″ Hobble #H2
Description: This figure 8 hobble with stainless steel squares is made of 1 3/4 inch doubled and stitched burgundy latigo leather. Squares are premium handmade stainless steel with smooth edges. This stout hobble is an extra wide 1 3/4″ to help protect the horse’s legs.
How it works: Hobbles are a very good tool for teaching patience, trust in the handler, and responding to pressure so the release is received. Many a horse has been saved from severe injury when caught in wire because it was hobble trained. A horseman teaches his horse to accept hobbles and sidelines so she/he won’t ever have to tie or ground tie a horse and take a chance on him ruining his tender mouth with a jerk from a stepped on or tied rein. Investing in hobbles and their training can have a big pay-back.
Visit “Hobble Along” to read my Tack Talk article on proper and safe use of hobbles.
The first time you use the hobbles on your colt or horse, or while training the horse to accept hobbles, use a wide open sandy area. Do not put hobbles on in a confined space until they accept them easily and well. If you are not familiar with the use of hobbles seek help from a professional who is experienced with their use.
Rope Headsetter #CST2
Description: This headsetter is made of 3/16 inch rope. All hardware is stainless steel. The knots are made of hand braided rawhide.
How it works: Pressure is applied from the tiedown strap to the nose as the head goes up causing the cheek pieces to slide through the nose piece rings until they hit the top stops on the cheek pieces. As the cheek pieces are sliding pressure is increased at the poll. This headsetter applies more pressure to the poll than to the nose. The pressure points together cause the horse to lower his head to a natural position to find release. This is a very popular training tool with ropers and can help those horses that have a tendency to raise their heads while roping. It can be a great training aid for other disciplines also. Horses can learn to ride with their heads lower if ridden in the headsetter tiedown.
The headsetter price does not include a tie down strap but you may purchase a Leather Tiedown Strap #ZG, either 3/4 or 1 inch in width, or a Nylon Tie Down Strap #ZH with the headsetter (see dropdown).
Rope Headsetter with Rawhide Nose #CST1
Description: This headsetter is made of 3/16 inch rope with a hand braided rawhide nose. All hardware is stainless steel. The headsetter price does not include a tie down strap but you may purchase a Leather Tiedown Strap #ZG, either 3/4 or 1 inch in width, or a Nylon Tie Down Strap #ZH with the headsetter (see dropdown).
How it works: Pressure is applied from the tiedown strap to the nose as the head goes up causing the cheek pieces to slide through the nose piece rings until they hit the top stops on the cheek pieces (the rawhide nose piece on this headsetter gives a stronger signal on the nose than the plain rope headsetter). As the cheek pieces are sliding pressure is increased at the poll. This headsetter applies more pressure to the poll than to the nose. The pressure points together cause the horse to lower his head to a natural position to find release. This is a very popular training tool with ropers and can help those horses that have a tendency to raise their heads while roping. It can be a great training aid for other disciplines also. Horses can learn to ride with their heads lower if ridden in the headsetter tiedown.
German Martingale Complete #CM1
How it works: The key to any German Martingale is the release of pressure on the bit. The Y-cord on my German Martingale is made with a very hard finished, tightly braided cord (please see diagram at left). This cord runs from the cinch adjustment strap through the ring of the bit and connects to the reins at the Y cord rein knot. This cord releases immediately, with no drag, when you release finger-tip pressure on the reins. The horse learns to respond to pressure on the bit from this quick and rewarding release.
The neck strap on my German Martingale is long to give the correct angle from the cinch to the bit. This angle is very important in the training process because it encourages a horse to lower its neck from the withers before flexing at the poll. You will not find this angle on other German Martingales. The safety hobble on the neck strap goes through the gullet and over the horn to prevent the neck strap from sliding forward and getting caught behind the ears. Without the safety hobble pressure from the martingale sliding forward may cause a horse to rear up and possibly fall over backwards.
There is only one simple adjustment on my German Martingale; the adjustment knot that leads to the cinch snap. This can be adjusted so this Martingale fits any size horse correctly. This is a great tool to use on any age horse. It helps relax and collect a horse and helps eliminate dropped shoulders in preparation for advanced maneuvers.
A German Martingale needs to be used correctly and with caution. Always check a horse from the ground so they know the German Martingale is there before you get on. Do not let the horse drop its head to the ground because he can step through the martingale rein and cause an accident. When you dismount, immediately unsnap the martingale from the cinch.
Description: The complete German Martingale includes the #HS24 3/4″ Browband Headstall, your choice of the #18 Egg Butt Snaffle or the #17 Heavy Ring Snaffle with the #42 3/16th inch twisted wire mouthpiece and your choice of 4 harness leather reins. The choice of reins includes: the #ASR6 DM Harness Leather Split Reins which are 6 1/2 to 7 feet and work well on the smaller horse, the #ASR3 XX Harness Leather Split Reins which are 7 to 7 1/2 feet and are a good length for the average horse 14.5 to 16 hands, the #ASR2 XXX Harness Leather Split Reins are 7 1/2 to 8 feet and fit horses 16 hands and over, and, the Roping Rein with Rein Ends (water loops) if you prefer a single rein.
If you prefer a different snaffle you can order the martingale with any of the snaffles I make by calling 817-312-5305. Also shown on the horse is the #CA1 3/16th” Rope Cavesson with Rawhide Braided Nose. This cavesson is sold separately and not included in the price of the German Martingale.
Assistance from a professional is necessary to learn safe use of a German Martingale. If you’re not familiar with the proper use of a German Martingale, get the help of a professional trainer who is experienced with its use.