The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding


This is a discussion on Hackamore within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Reasons to ride with a hackamore
  • Hackamore for lesson horses

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-29-2009, 06:08 PM

I just have a question about the horse I ride.
She has a hackamore(sp?) bridle, and my instructor always tells me to be extra gentle because they are much more harsh.

So I always get freaked out that I'm hurting Hailey.
What would be the reason for someone using a hackamore if they don't have to?
It seems wierd to me...
Sponsored Links
    07-29-2009, 06:16 PM
In my opinion, they are not more harsh than a bit. They are if you are hauling on the reins, but any bit is harsh that way.

Many people use hacks because their horses don't like bits, have mouth problems, or simply respond better to a hack.

Some people just don't "believe" in bits.
    07-30-2009, 12:25 AM
I don't think its more harsh, it's just a bit that demands less contact to be effective than a snaffle. A hackamore makes them more responsive by acting on a different pressure point than the mouth. This point really lifts the poll and can really put on the breaks if used too aggresively. But I don't believe that if someone braced on a hackamore they would hurt a horse anymore than bracing in a snaffle, it just produces a different response. If your horse is willing to go forward, or is too forward a hackamore can be a nice relief from heavy bitting.
    07-30-2009, 12:33 AM
I've heard that you can break bones in a horse's nose with a hack, but I use a hack on my goofy mare, and she works the best in it. I'd say it's no more (if not less) harsh than a bit.
    07-30-2009, 01:08 AM
Green Broke
I would think it is less harsh then a bit. I mean, unless you're yanking on it ect.
    07-30-2009, 07:22 PM
Um, I thought there were was more than one type of hackamore and that they are quite different in severity?
    07-31-2009, 02:16 PM
Sorry, Another question I just thought of... these should probably go in the tack forum... but...
Another sortof funny things I found my barn does...

All of the lesson horses share tack! (Aside from bridles)
Like... there are 5 different english saddles and my instructor told me to just grab any one of them....

They don't look to be the same size though...

How could all of those saddles fit each horse properly?
    08-03-2009, 03:00 AM
Umm welcome to lesson barns? Saddle fitting issues can be helped with proper padding, but more importantly it shoud fit you as best it can rather than the horse. Trainers don't have one saddle for every horse, they usually have one and pad accordingly. Some horses with saddle issues can be ridden in the horses owners saddle if it is fitted to them and fits the trainer well. Saddle fit can be a problem for horses, and there are certain trees that are better for multiple horses, but they are expensive and aren't really intended to be just for one horse, unless the horse really demands a custom fitted saddle.
    08-03-2009, 07:55 PM
I've never been to a lesson barn where saddles were shared. They should not be. I wouldn't be riding there personally.
    08-03-2009, 07:59 PM
When you pull back on the reins it mkaes the chin strap pull up which mkaes them stop. So I guess it can be harsh

bridle, hackamore, no bit

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hackamore nldiaz66 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 5 05-01-2009 02:59 PM
hackamore vs. bit mattanittaallen Horse Tack and Equipment 4 03-13-2009 09:00 AM
Hackamore. morganshow11 Horse Tack and Equipment 8 03-09-2009 08:37 PM
Bit vs, Hackamore missy06 Horse Training 5 09-16-2008 03:21 PM
hackamore vs bit KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Training 5 04-25-2007 06:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0