Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I ride in a hackamore....I just had a new one made by a man in I believe Ohio that is nicely made and my gelding responds well, that is what he has been ridden in for over 15 years. When one uses a hackamore, you HAVE to have gentle hands, you cannot hang on their mouth, jerk backwards or "brace" yourself on their mouth. Loose rein, soft hands, I cannot stress this enough and I have seen people who just should not use a hackamore on their horse until they can control their hands better. Some horses are saints and very forgiving but eventually your going to do something and that saint of a horse is going to get tired of it. The hackamore works by exerting pressure on these nerves. Used incorrectly, a hackamore can cause a lot of pain. Heavy Hands and an erratic cue can numb a horse quickly and destroy any respect the horse may have for the most basic cues like "stop" or maybe even "slow down". Once a horse has been wrongly taught to ignore the riders cues in a hackamore, serious ground will be lost in regards to training that may never fully be regained. A lot of subtle movements are done when the hackamore goes on and a good hand knows and uses the unique idiosyncrasies of the equipment.