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post #1 of 14 Old 05-24-2010, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hackamore ?

Okay so I just bought an Arabian mare from a rescue type situation so I know nothing from her history except what we can piece together from her attitude and health. I rode her in a halter once then in a rope halter with snap on reigns She behaved great. I put a bridal on her once and she was kinda a brat. But with just the rope halter and reigns she is amazing. Do you think she might have been trained with a hack-more? (I have no clue how to spell that word :P) She reigns like an English horse and I thought they where more of a western thing.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-24-2010, 10:45 PM
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She might have been trained in a hackamore.
i was thinking a hackamore or a bosal.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-24-2010, 11:35 PM
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They have English hackamores too. Some horses just genuinely don't like bits. I have an off the track horse who spent his whole racing career in a bit, but as a normal riding horse he can't stand having a bit in his mouth. I can ride him in a hackamore just fine.
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its possible. My gelding was only trained to take a hackamore when I got him and he also only direct reined. You could always get a hackamore or some other kind of bitless bridle to see how she does. Also, if she came from a rescue-type situation with little or no history - has she had her teeth checked recently? That can cause horses to act up with bits (it also causes chewing problems of course).
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She has no noticeable chewing problems. No dropping food or taking a long time to eat. But I'm hoping to bring her to my vet sometime next week for a full physical. And if my hubby remembers he will ask the blacksmith if he knows what to look for with bad teeth and have him check next week Thursday when he comes out.
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She has no noticeable chewing problems. No dropping food or taking a long time to eat. But I'm hoping to bring her to my vet sometime next week for a full physical. And if my hubby remembers he will ask the blacksmith if he knows what to look for with bad teeth and have him check next week Thursday when he comes out.
This will require you to stick your hand in your horses mouth, but if he's ever had his teeth floated before he'll be used to it. Get a bucket of water or just get your whole arm really wet, and then stick your arm in there and feel around. Sharp edges will be your number one indicator that his teeth need done. But be careful, because teeth can be sharp if they haven't been done in awhile.
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That's an excellent way to get a finger smashed at the very least. Just wait until the vet can do it.

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Kevin youre telling me you've never stuck your arm in your horses mouths before? I think we all know marecare does.
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Nope, I hire a vet to do that and he has a tool that keeps the horses mouth open. I am aware how much force a horse can apply with its teeth and I have no desire to see what it will do to my fingers.

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My Paint had mouth sores when we got him. At that time, we started using a hack until his mouth healed up. He will take and use a bit, but not as well as the hack now.
If the horse is from a rescue, I assume he was vet checked before you took hime home. Were his teeth or mouth checked? If he has any mouth sores, the bit may be aggrevating them.
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