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[RC] High headedness and arabs and martingales - Celeste Murray

Hi Mel

I would like to give ytou something to think about considering your
statement below about feeling that she will panic.

I bought an arabian mare nearly 12 years ago that also carried her head like
a llama. I took her home and put her into a martingale VERY loose so that it
would only connect with the reins when her head was straight up, perfectly
safe, no blue eye or broken nose for me. Got on she panicked first time the
head came up, flipped over backwards and put me in hospital in traction for
6 weeks and on crutches for 6 weeks. I cannot swear it was the martingale
but the once I tried it coming out of hospital, on the lunge she panicked
and flipped over. I never used it again actually rode her ina halter for a
few months and she went on to be a wonderful endurance horse that would
"star gaze" occassionally but was never a danger to me in any way once I
realized that she knew where my face was I just had to accept where her head
would occassionally be :-)

Celeste and Sparta (21 years old 4th Jan 2003 and just weaned my next
endurance Champion :-))
(South Africa)

I have a feeling she will panic if her head is confined. Does the running
martinagale only engage if she pulls up?
How does a horse react the first time she wears one?


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