I haven't transitioned from a bit to a hackamore, because my horse has always been bitless, but I would suggest that you get a hackamore with shorter shanks - an English hacackamore. Or an LG bridle, which can be used both as a hackamore and as a sidepull. Also, I prefer softer and wider nosebands, not narrow and stiff. The harder the noseband is and the longer the shanks, the more damage can be done if the hackamore is used improperly.
Also, I suggest you search the Tack section of the forums, it has a great thread about various types of hackamores.
ilovemyhorsey - no, it is not. The hackamore has a leverage function and it can be more harsh than any halter (ok, some rope halters can be rough, too) , so it has to be used with feel and knowledge. Also, some horses prefer hackamores to halters, because they can be used for more precise cues.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
Last edited by Saranda; 04-23-2012 at 07:53 AM.