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    09-11-2010, 08:54 PM
Does this hackamore fit properly?

Hi guys!

New member here. I bought this mare about a month ago and she's such an incredible girl. Her previous owner rode her in a bit of a harsh bit and tended to pull on her face a lot, so I've since switched her to a little-s arabian hack and she's amazing in it, much less head-tossing, if any, anymore. I'm fairly new with hackamores though and I was looking at a picture I took of her and wondering if this hack is fitting her properly? Not sure if it's just not broken in, but the noseband feels very stiff and it isn't conforming around her nose as much as I thought they were supposed to, and I just want to make sure it's not applying unnecessary pressure on her face. Again, she's behaving extremely well, ears forward, no headtossing, etc. Any info/opinions anyone can give me is appreciated! And off topic, but we're still trying to figure out/guess what she is! We definitely think she's gaited (she just doesn't really know it, yet); thinking she's some type of Walker/QH cross...if anyone has opinions on this I'd love to hear them. Whatever she is, she's fabulous :^) Thanks guys!


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    09-11-2010, 09:02 PM
First off, howdy and welcome to the forum . Congrats on the new girl, she looks like a real sweetie. Could possibly be a QH/walker, though it's a little hard to tell from pix sometimes. It is hard to tell how the hack fits her in those pix. Those rope nosebands usually are pretty hard and stiff until they get broken in, the only bad thing about trying to break them in is that it takes forever and lots of flexing and twisting to get it to loosen up a bit. One thing you might try is to dip it in a pan of boiling water until it's nice and hot, then bend it and twist it around a bit with your hands. Not sure that would work, but it might. If you are worried about it being a bit too harsh on her face, you can always wrap some vetwrap around it. That would offer you the chance to add a bit of color if you want, too. .
    09-11-2010, 09:06 PM
Thank you!! And some good advice, I'll most certainly try some hot water and will find something a bit softer to wrap until it breaks in.
    09-12-2010, 02:51 AM
Vetwrap is very cheap, and a very good suggestion. The rope nosebands can be quite rough, especially when new.
I agree with smrobs on the boiling thing too, just be sure to not burn yourself!

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