A running martingale is designed to help a horse learn to carry its head in the position that will allow it to use its body correctly to drive from behind and with collection. Running martingales http://bit.ly/28RgchN should be used with direct pressure bits such as snaffles.
One of the most important aids used in communication with your horse is your bridle reins. It’s nice to have reins http://bit.ly/1M9qR75 that are hanging freely with no twists, kinks or folds at the start of each ride. Your horse will appreciate it as much as you do!
The weight of the heel knot on this Dennis Moreland Hard 3 Plait Flat Hackamore http://bit.ly/1NtzWtc causes it to fall instantly when the pressure on the rein is released. This releases the pressure of the noseband providing an instant reward for a proper response. Signals from this hackamore are strong. I make this hackamore for use mainly on the older horse and I don’t recommend it for starting or training young colts.
The 2 Rein outfit http://bit.ly/23apPLx has two sets of reins used together to transition a horse from the hackamore to bridle. One set is attached to the bosalita (narrow bosal) that is worn under the bridle. The other is attached to the bit.
Like leather, sweat and dirt build up on rawhide and get absorbed into the fiber causing it to degrade over time. Additionally, rawhide will dry out and feel dry and rougher to the touch than usual. Check your gear regularly, especially the parts that are often against the horse’s hide. If you see sweat and dirt built up, or if it’s dry, it needs to be cleaned and conditioned.
If you’re looking for a rein that drapes well, has tons of feel and keeps its shape and pliability even in cold weather doubled and stitched reins may be for you says Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack.
If you want your horse to continuously respond to the bit with the lightest cue on the reins you may want use an aluminum shanked bit. These are good mild bits to use when you transition your colt from a snaffle. They also work well on sensitive horses that are light in the face. They are lighter weight because aluminum weighs less than steel. This means less pressure on the mouth compared to bits with steel shanks.