Learn how to attach and adjust a running martingale when tacking up a horse in this free equestrian video on horse care and riding taught by a lifelong equestrian.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


20 Responses to How to Tack Up a Horse : How to Attach & Adjust the Running Martingale

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, that was very helpful. I recently purchased a horse that needs a running martingale, and since I’ve never had to use one before, you made it very easy to see how to apply that!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you :) I just started riding English, and my one horse likes to have her ears in my face, so I ride her with a martengale every now and then. Just didn’t know quite how to attach it lol

  3. Anonymous says:

    How doo you know when a horse needs a martingale

  4. Anonymous says:

    i have to tack up a horse every week, and he has a martingale, every week i put it on wrong! and its really annoying! i put the reins and the martingale on together we never take the bridle apart to put on the martingale, but somehow it ends up wrong! :( does anyone know any vids that put on the martingale step by step without putting the martingale on separately? it would be a great help! thanks! :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for doing this video it really helped me to tack up

  6. Anonymous says:

    hi i have a new martingale. but I can not stop and anchor, how do I get it on?

  7. Anonymous says:

    haha no keepers. what? the extra straps are gunna be looping all over the place?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Quick question, I have a standing martingale, i have never used it on any of the horses i have owned. I was thinking about using it with my cobby though, she is 21 and i have had her 10 years now and i can ride her better than anyone else and she is really controlable, she has a pelham with double chain but i use d-rings instead of double reins, what would the standing martingale actually do? i would like to use it when i hack out and we go to the gallops so she is not as strong.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Your’e confusing. Leave the reins on and then do the loopy thingy. u undue and then do it back, so confusing for people that are new to this.

  10. Anonymous says:

    my trainer said yes :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    can u use a runing martingale while jumping?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Some horses just throw up their heads just to be obnoxious- one of the horses I ride does that. He needs a martingale to make sure he’s not throwing up his head and acting like a jerk. It actually controls him pretty well.

  13. Anonymous says:

    well if you think about it, when horses are startled they throw their head up, and the martingale keeps the horse from making that natural movement. i would suggest that the rider laern how to keep the horse under control and keep the horse on the bit rather than use tools like the martingale to restrict the horse’s natural movements.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    i give up! im obviously not gunna win so ill just go die… bye!

  16. Anonymous says:

    i dont need to “chill” i just dont want u to think im a dumbass with horses….. coz im am DEFFO NOT! sorry for being frotsy but i just thought it was a bit out that u were sorta laughing at me for asking her!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Standing. lol

  18. Anonymous says:

    It restricts the height her head can go.. not restraining her… just stopping her from throughing her head up, avading the bit, etc… i use them on both my mare and new gelding.. they are great! also, if your saddle slips back like both of mine as my horses are changing shape, get a beast plate….. either a standard staright one or a three point… you can get parts of marntingale to attach to them too!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Does anybody know the effects of a running martingale? I’m thinking about getting one for my mare, as she likes to raise her head and jump around. It’s very frustrating.

  20. Anonymous says:

    never mind.