I'd like to ride my boy in a hackamore for endurance so that he can eat and drink freely. I don't know a lot about hackamores though... Currently, I've got him in a Zilco halter/bridle combo and have him in a hackamore just this and he does great (and likes it better than the bit!):
However, I've seen a lot of endurance riders use a S hackamore and I really like the hackamores Zilco makes - it'd be nice to have one that matches the rest of his tack. My biggest concern about hackamores is their reputation for being quite severe if pulled on too hard, and he does great in a halter (but I don't want to ride in one), so I don't necessarily need something severe. They've got three styles, one like what I've already got, the S hackamore I've seen quite a few riders using, and a flower hackamore. Any suggestions on which to go with or what the differences are between these??
Similar to what I already have:
S hackamore I've seen used: