California Martingale #CM5
Description: This California Martingale is made entirely of 1/4 inch solid braid nylon cord. The rein rings attached to the adjustable neck strap and the cinch snap are stainless steel. The rein rings are tied on the neck strap with bowline knots. This makes it easy to change their position higher and lower on the neck strap for different horses or different levels of training as desired. The neck strap and the cord running to the cinch are also adjustable. Simply let out or take up cord and re-tie the overhand knot.
This martingale is made with a 1/2 inch latigo safety hobble strap. This strap slides under your saddle’s gullet and up over the horn. It prevents the martingale from slipping up the neck if your horse lowers its head.
How it works: Unlike a running martingale, the rings on the California Martingale are tied on the neck strap and lay right on the neck. This gives you a real good, straight line from the bit to your hands. This line, or angle, will not only help your horse keep its head in position during more advanced training for collection, but it also helps your horse keep its shoulders up. This is a great aid to use on horses that want to drop their shoulders.
Sliding Gag Bit with Snaffle Mouthpiece #20
Description: You have a choice of 3 snaffle mouthpieces and 3 headstalls with this Draw Gag Bit. The mouthpiece choices are a 3/8 inch common snaffle, a 5/8 inch common snaffle or a dog bone snaffle. See the photos at left, descriptions below, and dropdown to order. You also have your choice of 3 headstalls. The first is a stainless steel twisted wire headstall which is designed for horses that need a very strong signal. For the more sensitive horse, a 3/4 inch harness leather slide ear headstall or a 3/4 inch brow band headstall are also available. See the photo at left and the dropdown to order.
The custom designed bit slides easily on the hard lay nylon slide cord made especially for this bit. You will get quick and consistent cues from your reins because of the way the bit slides on this cord. The cord is attached to a stainless steel buckle which attaches it to adjustable single ply 3/4 inch harness leather cheeks. See the diagram at left to visualize this.
#9: The Two Piece (common) Snaffle mouthpiece #9 is 3/8” in diameter. It works to give you a quicker and more consistent response when you ask your horse to give its head.
#52: The mouthpiece on the #52 common snaffle is 5/8” in diameter. The large diameter will help your horse relax. If your horse is anxious or afraid of the bit this mouthpiece may work very well. This bit gives a slower signal than a mouthpiece that’s smaller in diameter. This slower signal will help reduce anxious behavior.
#16: The 3/8” Dog Bone Snaffle. This snaffle really helps a horse relax because it is such a gentle mouthpiece. The extra link in the middle of the bit spreads the pressure from the rein signal more evenly across the mouth than a common 2 piece snaffle. The copper rings promote salivation and give the horse something to roll with his tongue to help him relax.
How it works: The Sliding Gag Bit puts pressure on the mouth and at the same time the headstall crown puts pressure on the poll. These 2 points of pressure increase control of the nose and improve total balancing power. With the increased control and balance you will gain vertical flexion and feel.
The draw gag bit strengthens your rein aids so your leg cues given at the same time become reinforced. This makes it easier for the horse to respond. You will be able to concentrate on fine details of your training, rather than large rebalancing or repositioning efforts. This gag bridle will improve your horse’s flexibility and increase his response to your cues.
The center bar on the bit cheeks limits the movement of the sliding mouthpiece. This limited movement provides a quicker action and a much quicker release than gags with longer shanks. Your horse learns that when it breaks at the poll the release will be instant, smooth and consistent. Your horses will be calmer and more confident in training and competition when they are not trapped by a slow releasing gag.
Choose any Dennis Moreland split reins or roping reins for your sliding gag. The Sliding Gag is sold without reins. To select your reins visit the rein category and add them to your order.
Seek the help of a professional as you are learning to use a sliding gag bit if you don’t have experience.
Nylon Tiedown Strap #ZH
Description: This is a high quality and at the same time economical tiedown strap made of 1/4 inch solid braid nylon cord. The cord loops through the ring in the tiedown and is adjustable. The swivel snap is stainless steel. This strap is very durable and let’s you stay on budget while getting quality piece of gear!
No Buckle Hobble with Chain Center #H3C
Description: This No Buckle Hobble has an easy “on/off latch” that makes this a snap to take on and off the fetlocks. It is made of 1 3/4 inch doubled and stitched latigo leather with a chain link in the center to make it more flexible than the #H3L No Buckle Hobble. This should only be used on horses that are completely hobble broke.
Visit “Hobble Along” to read my Tack Talk article on proper and safe use hobbles.
For use only on horses that are hobble broke.
Braided Rawhide Barrel Rein #RR60
Description: This is a great feeling hand braided rawhide barrel racing rein. It has 4 pineapple knots for grip and 12 button and barrel knots for eye appeal. There is plenty of body and feel here to really communicate with and control your horse. The rawhide is braided on a 56 inch piece of 5/16th inch nylon cord, all done by hand by a master braider. The 5/8 inch latigo adjustment straps allow 6 inches of adjustment for a total rein length of between 74 and 80 inches. The adjustment strap ends are held in place with rawhide braided keepers. The snaps and buckles are stainless steel. This is a functional, eye-catching barrel rein.
How they work: The rawhide braided knots are very useful not only for quick grip as you turn a barrel but also to help lift and push against the neck as you raise a shoulder around a barrel. Vaqueros have been using these knots for centuries. They learned the slight pressure from the knot against the horse’s neck gets more response than just leather or rawhide alone.
German Martingale Complete #CM1A
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 #17 Heavy Ring Snaffle with the #9 3/8th inch 2 piece mouthpiece, the #17 Heavy Ring Snaffle with the #42 3/16th inch twisted wire mouthpiece or the #18 Egg Butt Snaffle 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.