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post #1 of 16 Old 01-26-2010, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Bosals, Hackamoores, ect.

Hello! I am interested in knowing the differences in all these bitless bridles and what your favorites are. So, could you guys please give your opinions on bosals, bitless bridles, english and western hackamores, and hings of the such and what you use, if you use any. Also, what would be good for just trails/riding around?

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-27-2010, 12:05 AM
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I personally thoroughly dislike western mechanical hackamores and will never use one on a horse. If I choose to go bitless, I generally stick with a "soft" hackamore (rope halter with reins) or a bosal hackamore. I have just recently begun to really educate myself on the proper way to ride with a BH as it is not just a simple 'slap it on and go' type headstall. If the horse is responsive enough, IMHO, just a simple rope halter or even a nylon halter with reins is the best way to go for just pleasure riding.

Here is a really good site to begin the bosal hackamore education.
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thanks for the link! that helps :D

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post #4 of 16 Old 01-27-2010, 03:14 PM
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I use to use a mechanical hackamore on my mare I had not too long ago(don't have her anymore..she was a good horse though). Anyways, I wouldn't use on anymore because mechanical hackamores can actually break the horses nose if not place up high enough. I was taught that not too long ago.It makes sense since it applies so much pressure on a horses nose especially for those who arent willing to listen! If you were to use a hackamore I would use an indian hackamore which is is more gentle than a mechanical.

Just thought I would let you know.
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Ouch! yaeah if there is even a RISK of breaking a bone I won't be using that. eek! I have heard of Indian hackamores and they seem to be pretty good.

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Mechanical hackamores will not break your horses nose. I don'tuse them but they are not bad for people just starting to ride to save a horses mouth yet still give the rider some security. Indian hackamores don't give enough release in my opinion and encourage horses to ignore them. Some people like them but I ask a little more from my horses than others. I think 99% of people and horses would be best suited with a broken mouth curb bit.

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post #7 of 16 Old 01-27-2010, 04:46 PM
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I personally ride in a hackmore i think it is a mechanical hackmore, I use it because my horse fusses too much with a bit. She goes really well in it. I also have a bosal but I don't prefer those as much. If something was hurting my horse I would never use it and so far there has not been any damage done when riding in a hackmore.
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mine is more like this.....Google Image Result for
then the other kinds that seem to maybe pose problems.
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-27-2010, 08:57 PM
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I use a modified "indian" hackamore. Mine is custom made(by me) and to promote better release has a medium sized, weighted metal ring where the rein pieces(the part that makes the "x") cross. This weight pulls the "curb" strap portion or the "x" away from the horse while it is not engaged, but easily slides when the reins have contact. My horse goes amazingly in this, but he is already trained in a snaffle and curb bit and has nearly perfect stop and turn.

I would do a little research before using one on a horse not used to being in one.

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Growing up I used Mechanical Hackamores. I never "broke" my horses nose with them, but personally I think any bit or hackamore can be dangerous if not used correctly. I now use a bosal on my mare, but she is nearly 29 and we don't do much other than plod down the trails. My daughter's pony uses a "bitless wonder" that I had bought of EBay and it works great! I have known a few people who even show in them (local western shows).

here is the link for a bitless wonder hackamore
eBay Store ? MJMAYS BITLESS WONDER BOSAL: Search results for.

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