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  • Best hackamores
  • Best to use loping hackamore or sidepull

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    09-20-2010, 08:04 PM
Favorite/How to Pick a Hackamore!

So I joined ACTHA under the old rules, which allowed people like me to ride in halters! Loved that, that's all I ride in, head-wise. But now they changed it and people give us crap on the trails :.(
Which is sad.

Anyhow, due to this, and the fact that I LOVE a pretty browband, I'm considering buying my guy his first hackamore!
I have no idea where to even start on picking out a type of hackamore.

So here's my diagnostic:
Kelty's a 5 year old registered QH, about 14.3, with a background of abuse, and green around the edges :p
He is extremely responsive to pressure in a halter.
I don't want anything severe (I know you can make anything severe)

Nonetheless- What kind of hack do I want, based on the fact that my guy is fine in a halter?

So what kind, what are the best brands, what's your favorite kind of hackamore?

Please post me some pictures too!

Thank ya :)

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    09-20-2010, 08:23 PM
I personally really like the look of this one
4 Plait Soft Rope Hackamore w/Flat Reins | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits...

Another option is a rawhide bosal, but you really need someone show you how to properly use one. Other than that, there are leather nosed sidepulls and things like that. Since he is very responsive in just a halter, I would personally stay away from the mechanical hackamores (of course, I don't like those anyway but that's beside the point ).
    09-20-2010, 08:26 PM
Ooh I like that!

Is that a good represention of the price of hackamores usually? Around $100-$150?
    09-20-2010, 08:29 PM
Is that a side pull?
    09-20-2010, 08:34 PM
For a good one that isn't overly harsh, yes. A good rawhide bosal will run you $200+ without the headstall or reins . Mechanical hacks can be had for less than $50, but you couldn't pay me enough to put one of those on any of my horses.

It sucks that they seem to think that a few little pieces of rope and leather are worth that much but until I can figure out how to make my own.................

Here is a site that has what look to be decent sidepulls, plus a good looking loping hackamore for less than $100.
Western side pull - Caveson catalog

ETA: No it is similar to a rawhide bosal in the way it is put on the horse except it is soft rope instead of hard rawhide.
    09-20-2010, 08:46 PM
I see. Thanks I'll check that out.
Are there any big drawbacks to going nylon?
    09-20-2010, 09:02 PM
Anyone- thoughts on this?


And kelty has a pretty lil' head- he usually needs cob size halters!

Is this a problem for fitting hackamores?
    09-20-2010, 09:15 PM
Or this-

    09-20-2010, 09:32 PM
I really prefer the look of the nylon to the other one (though nylon really isn't my style ). The good thing about nylon is that all it takes in a nail and a flame to make it smaller.
    09-20-2010, 09:36 PM
Do you just clip game reins to the little rings?

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