|i looked away so he got the rein over his nose|
It's my blog so I'll go first!
Years ago, I was given a cob size standing martingale. I threw it in the bridle bag and thought I'd never use it. Then I got a little bay thoroughbred horse who occasionally turns himself inside out and realized that martingales are magical.
Running martingales are certainly amazing tools in the right circumstances, but I love my little standing martingale for every day flat work and hacking. It has no action whatsoever until that critical moment and then it immediately goes back to neutral.
What piece of tack or equipment is a difference maker for you?