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SmartPak German Martingale set

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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 set is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible product - very disappointed I borrowed a german martingale set from someone in my barn that worked successfully. They said they purchased it from SmartPak so I ordered the 'same' one. What arrived was a very cheap knock off. The one I borrowed was black with rubber non-slip reins, swivel snaps and adjustable features. The product that arrived lacked any adjustable features, set clips, few adjustments in sizing so that it did not fit my horse and cheap quality leather. I'm returning this horrible product as it is unusable on my horse.
Date published: 2020-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great adjustability Overall I love this product. My gelding tends to be in between horse and cob size so I was worried it would be too big but it’s super adjustable. Only thing I don’t love are the web reins, they’re a little rough.
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product and value This is a nice quality martingale and works exactly as intended. I'm pleased with the performance and value.
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality is subpar.. Sadly the quality of this German martingale leaves a lot to be desired. The leather and hardware quality is fine for the price point. I have owned this set up for a couple of years and probably used it once or twice every month, so not often at all. Today the leather stopper ripped off the webbed rein (picture attached), something that I have never had happen. The other stoppers are beginning to show wear as well. Unfortunately, when it’s time to invest in another German martingale I’m going to have to look into other brands.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Clips to reins don't stay closed I've used it twice, clips that attach to rein metal loops don't stay closed. Also recommend a DESIGN CHANGE, if the "draw reins" that attach to the center chest piece had clips to remove the draw rein part would be handy for leading etc. All made of Cheap leather/pleather, should have just bought the $30 set.
Date published: 2020-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs sized better We bought this at the farm I work at for horses who struggle with wanting to go too high/above the bit since we couldn't find the old German martingale. Overall, it's a decent martingale. The leather is easy to work with/break in, and I love the web reins, as they are soft and easy to maneuver. Measurements and sizing have something to be desired, however. The loop at the girth is borderline too small (just fits around the fleece girth I use on the setting I need it), the draw straps need to either be shorter, or there needs to be more D rings, and the neck strap could go a bit longer. The horse we purchased for initially (Corey) is a 17.2hh Oldenburg who believes he's part giraffe. A German martingale was the perfect aid as it simply puts pressure on when they raise their head too high, and releases the moment they soften (leaving less room for rider error as well!), and it has helped him more quickly and easily find his balance. It's definitely helped us get more accomplished during each ride, and has helped him to relax more quickly. As to size issues, I have to set it on the shortest D ring for it to come on when it should, while the neck and martingale strap just fits on almost the loosest setting. It's disappointing as he's a large horse and I was hoping to use this on some of our smaller horses as well, but it won't do much good as-is. My ONLY complaint: please make this in cob size, and also make this one fit better. The ratio seems to be off. It runs both too large and too small at the same time!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Quality Super nice, the only draw back is there is no clip for your girth attachment. It did not fit the width and I had to get my own clip device.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality & does the job for a great price I was looking for a german martingale to help as a little reminder for my green, high headed mare and took a chance on the SmartPak one because of its price point. I've owned it for a little over a month, the leather quality is great especially for the price, I personally love the web reins when dealing with a green horse and it does the job. Fits my 16.1/16.2 thoroughbred mare perfectly.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Effective but... How has no one mentioned that the web reins will SHRED your hands to bits?! This would be to die for it they were leather with leather stops OR rubber. They are a nightmare and I resent the one horse who needs it right now for hurting my princess fingers. On the upside, I love SmartPak and it does do its job.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this martingale! Thank you smartpak! I looked EVERYWHERE for a German martingale for my 17.3hh warmblood gelding who loves to drag me to the jumps, and I couldn't find a thing that fit until this one. The leather is also very soft, and I prefer the woven web reins over the rubber ones I tried in another product. I couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2016-12-28
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