The Martingale Rope goes up through the rings of a snaffle bit and onto the Angus Barrett Martingale Reins. There is an adjustment point at the rein, for you to set a desired height that your horse can raise its head to.
When the horse holds its head at or below the set height, it is the ordinary rein that has contact with the bit. When the horse raises its head above the set height, the Martingale Rope comes into play, creating a direct line of leverage through the bit to the centre point on the Martingale or breastplate. The Martingale Reins and Rope can then be used together by the rider to give them greater leverage and pressure on the mouth, without the need for a harsher bit.
Our German Martingale is an excellent training aid for horses that lift their heads and it is great for children or for people riding very strong horses, because it significantly increases the strength and leverage they have in contact with the horse's mouth. It also prevents a horse from locking the bit in the back of its mouth and so it is ideal for horses that ignore or drive through the bit.
One of the great advantages of the Angus Barrett German Martingale is that the Martingale Rope is nice and light and designed to allow you to make a precise adjustment without the need for Ds or buckles on the Martingale Reins. If your horse does not lift its head above the set position, the rope will play no part and will not interfere with your ride. By using the Martingale Rope, you also still have the ability to fully flex your horse.
If you have any questions about the Martingale Reins, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Before products leave the workshop, they are hand finished by Angus and his team with a treatment that is designed to specifically enhance and protect that product. We work to ensure that all Angus Barrett products are ready for work or show.
The Angus Barrett Martingale Reins are made from first-grade harness leather that has been oiled and is ready for use.
With use, if the reins become dry, we recommend using a surface leather dressing, like the Angus Barrett Leather Dressing, to condition it.
We recommend that you do not use any oil to care for your Angus Barrett leather product.
If the reins require cleaning, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Please note that most leather products will darken with age, use and after dressing.