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post #1 of 14 Old 10-02-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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hackamore on a gaited horse???

Does anyone have experience using a hackamore on a gaited horse? Mine hates the bit more and more, I've tried several. I rode him a little today and the hackamore was easier to put on him, but I don't know if you can gait one with a hackamore. I'm new to fox trotters. thanks
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-02-2013, 04:11 PM
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Why not. I wouldn't if my horse doesn't stop without a bit.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-02-2013, 04:55 PM
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He may have something going on with his mouth making he bit uncomfortable or may prefer another bit.

My friend has a foxtrotter who goes in a little s hackamore. She does super well.

Just being gaited doesn't mean that some tack is automatically off the list :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-02-2013, 05:21 PM
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I use a plain old Reinsman hackamore on a very forward Rocky Mountain. He didn't have the best brakes with a bit and is no better or worse with the hackamore. No effect on his gate. Didn't have any specific bit issues just I use a hackamore on another horse and tried it on him and we made out well with it.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-02-2013, 11:01 PM
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Be good idea to see if there are dental problems though...or something stuck in soft palate too?

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Make sure there aren't any tooth issues.

Horses can also have thick tongues or low palettes and can't adjust to a bit.

One of my Walking Horses is 19-1/2; I bought him when he was 2-1/2 and the Seller told me he would not wear a bit, no matter what.

I tried everything including a three ounce sweet bit but, in the end (only a few weeks later), I put a mechanical hackamore on him and he's been chugging down the trails in that hackamore his entire life.

He has a champagne-smooth running walk that I have never had to tweek. He was born gaiting like a champ and has always performed on a loose rein. Well most of the time; as with all horses, he has his moments (generally coming home) and I have to hold him back:)

He is my snottiest horse yet has never tried to run away.

I had another TWH that did famously in a Dr. Cook's bitless.

Both these horses are and were barefoot. Don't need a bit and don't need special shoes for a horse to gait properly - at least none of mine ever have:)

As with anything, these types of bridles have pressure points and require light hands. I have read of nose damage from too much jerking/pressure on a mechanical hackamore and too much poll pressure from a Dr. Cook's (or similar0 could cause damage.

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-11-2013, 01:29 AM
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I use a mechanical hackamore on my MFT. I tried a side pull, but the breaks did not work as well.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-11-2013, 09:04 AM
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Many gaited horses "balance" on their bits as an aid to maintaining their timing. This won't be possible in a hackemore as it functions by putting pressure on sensitive parts of the face. So gait quality may suffer.

The hackemore is a thing of myth and legend, most of it bunk. It is not more "humane" than a bit, it is not less powerful than a bit (indeed, many are much more powerful), and it is not something that you give to a tyro or somebody with hard hands.

They are useful for horses with mouth pathology or conformation issues. Sometimes horses that have been grossly overbitted or grossly abused by ham-fisted riders are sensitive to anything in the mouth long after the injury has heeled. The hackemore can be a valuable "bridge" to bring the horse back to utility and acceptance of a bit.

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I find that if I put a bit in his mouth, he spends the whole ride playing with it. I only use the hackamore for brakes when needed.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-11-2013, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ladyicon View Post
I find that if I put a bit in his mouth, he spends the whole ride playing with it. I only use the hackamore for brakes when needed.
A huge percentage of gaited horses "worry" their bits. Mostly this is a Good Thing as it keeps saliva flowing and keeps the mouth soft. It can get excessive and it can also be a sign of an ill fitting or ill adjusted bit.

Since my discipline requires riding in contact the hackemore is not something I have much use for.

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