Tell me all about them please- why do they work? When is it good to use them etc? Are they the spawn of the devil? Or are they useful and of so what are the ins and outs of them? I've no experience of them until now.
I had my 4th lesson today with BD trainer, we are in the early days if reschooling Molly who does her best to resist anything and everything (there is a vid on here of 3rd lesson if you want to see what she's like). I'm also quite crap it is fair to say
Today she was being very hard work (mingled in with odd moments of briliance). Trainer suggested trying a makeshift standing martingale by adapting her running martingale (I don't usually school in this but have it for jumping and hacking as she can get a bit carried away and would knock me out) and the difference was amazing. All we are trying to get it calm, steady trot on 20 and 15m circles withbend and contact - nothing complex.
I'm not in to gadgets - although know that everything has its place in the right hands. Trainer has suggested schooling her in standing martingale - but short bursts only (max 20 mins) until she stops fighting so much as she is exhausting me by chucking her head around and ignoring my rein aids without it.
Will add that she has had a new saddle, properly fitted and the flocking adjusted last month, chiro last week (pelvis and atlas out and now fixed) -teeth up to date etc so she isn't evading because of discomfort. She has just built muscle in the wrong place (upside down neck and very uphill) so she finds it very hard and is determined not to learn to work in a different way. She also has a will of iron when she doesn't want to do something (she's Welsh D) but I don't want to get in to fights with her as she will always win.
Trainer says I ride very softly with her - sometimes a bit too soft, and that I'm in no danger of doing her any harm, but I'm just a tad nervous of using something without understanding it properly.
Sorry, that came out longer than I thought! Comments please