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German Martingale with Split Reins #CM1C



Description: The German Martingale with Split Reins #CM1C is the same as the German Martingale Complete #CM1A but comes with your choice of split reins but no headstall or bit. The martingale is made of 1/4 inch tan nylon cord and comes with your choice of 3 harness leather reins: #ASR6 DM Harness Leather Split Reins are shorter reins, 6 1/2 to 7 feet, and will work well on the smaller horse, the  #ASR3 XX Harness Leather Split Reins at 7 to 7 1/2 feet, is a good choice for the average horse, generally 14.5 to 16 hands and the or #ASR2 XXX Harness Leather Split Reins at 7 1/2 to 8 feet will fit those horses 16 hands and over. See dropdown to order.

How it Works: The key to the German martingale is the long neck strap giving a good line from the bit to the cinch. This allows the neck to lower from the withers before flexing at the poll. The 1/8 inch solid braid cord that runs through the bit to the reins has a high quality hard finish so slides very easily allowing a quick release. The release is more important than the pull but you have to pull to get the release. A horse learns from the release.

Assistance from a professional is necessary to learn safe use of a German martingale.

The 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.

The labeled diagram shows the Complete German Martingale #CM1A. This German Martingale with Split Reins #CM1C is the same but comes without headstall and bit.