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SmartPak German Martingale

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The SmartPak German Martingale set comes with both the specialized reins and martingale. The martingale forks go through the bit and snap to any of the four D rings on the reins. Change the rein settings to increase or decrease pressure. Neck and girth pieces are fully adjustable. The martingale and forks are made of soft pliable Brown leather. The reins are Brown cotton web with leather stops. Buckle end rein closure. Stainless steel hardware. One Size.

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    SmartPak German Martingale is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't fit anywhere. I chose this martingale over others because Smartpak has great customer service. I read the reviews and figured that it had a 50/50 chance on fitting one of my four horses. It didn't. It's too small in the girth attachment, too small in the neck strap, and too large in the rein attachment. The only reason I'm keeping it is because I have a friend who can do leather repair to shorten the reins and lengthen the girth strap.
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hopefully just what I need I've just started training with a German martingale, but after borrowing a friend's once, I just decided to jump in & buy my own. The leather is very nice & it is well-made & looks very durable. The reins are a good length and easy to hold. I like this product.My only complaint is that the actual working part of the martingale (the long ends that go thru the bit to clip onto the reins) are on the shortest setting and I have nowhere shorter to adjust them if I need more effectiveness. I could tie knots in them, or take them to a leather worker, but I wish they were a couple inches shorter instead. (for the record, my horse is 16.2hh)
    Date published: 2015-01-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for my horse Seemed to make my hot horse even more nervous so I returned after one ride. Easy to use however. Truly the "fool-proof" version of a draw rein.
    Date published: 2014-12-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Martengalerings are in wrong position to really be effective. The leather quality was very good. I returned due to the ring placement being in bad locations. Thanks
    Date published: 2014-12-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality I really like the quality of the leather, and the fact that the reins have rein stops, unlike so many of the other brands. My only complaint is that the martingale is a bit too long. I had to tie knots in the leather to make it the correct length for my horses neck
    Date published: 2014-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great schooling martingale at a great price Such a great schooling martingale for a great price. Its perfect for the occasional schooling tool for my young horse to encourage him to round and stay soft. I can't speak a ton for durability since I don't use it a ton, but it seems like it would last a long time.The pros:Nice quality leather, great stitching. Soft right out of the box. Looks like it is very durable.The cons:The fit: My horse has a shorter neck and compact build but solid shoulders. It fits my 16hh Oldenburg/TB cross on the 4th (shortest) ring. A horse any smaller might have problems. It doesn't fit "just right", but it does fit. I guess if you are making an item in once size only it is tough for it to fit "just right" for such a variety of horses.Also the leather is a little bit heavier than my preference. I guess that will make it more durable in the long run but I can't help but wish it was a little bit thinner/lighter. But that is being pretty picky!Overall and excellent buy! And again smartpak has the best customer service so you really can't go wrong with this.
    Date published: 2014-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice leather and well made Big difference in how my horse carries himself. Was worried that this was too large for my Polish Arab, but it does the job nicely. There are four rings on the reins instead of the usual three. I am using the last ring so am thankful for that. If not for the fourth ring, I could not have used this as it would not have served it's purpose. The stitching is tight and strong, nicely put together. I would have liked to see a swivel clip on the martingale part - (the ends that pass through the bit and clip onto the O rings on the reins). The way it is made is such that I am constantly "fixing" the piece from the martingale to sit evenly through the O ring on the ends of the bit. I use a german martingale for my western tack and although much cheaper than this one, they used the swivel clips on the reins. Makes for no fussing on keeping the pieces sitting evenly on the bit.
    Date published: 2014-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Have had this martingale for a month. I was impressed by how soft it was out of the box. Will be too big for a cob.
    Date published: 2014-10-10
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