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    03-28-2013, 11:49 PM
Green Broke
Hackamore help?

Hi Guys!

I got a hackamore second hand and I modified it to make it milder by replacing the rope noseband and curb chain with leather. My hackamore (before modification) looks like this:


So stupid question of the day........where do you attach your headstall to this thing?

Does anyone have any photos of the proper use of a hackamore like this?
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    03-28-2013, 11:58 PM
Green Broke
The closest I can come up with is this:


Or this:

#CP40 Chuck Fraser Sidepull

But my hackamore isn't exactly like either one of them.
    03-29-2013, 12:12 AM
Green Broke
I'm thinking the headstall is supposed to attach to the one ring with the chain on it and the reins go on the rings at the end of the shank.
    03-29-2013, 12:29 AM
Green Broke
Here is the exact hackamore I am working with.

So you think it goes on the same place as the curb strap?

That is definitely a possibility.

The other place I kind of want to attach it is right on the arched part of the shank, between where I have it now and the curb strap ring.

Where I have it now is probably wrong, but it kind of allows for free action of the shanks. So that might be a possibility too. I will probably try it out on a horse tomorrow. Maybe the correct attachment point will be more apparent.

I am normally a wiz with tack fit. But this is the first hackamore of this type I have played with.
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    03-29-2013, 08:36 AM
Green Broke
Ok here is a better picture, not the exact same one but very similar. Basically it seems the rope nose on yours is supposed to be allowed some sliding room. So the headstall should be attached to the same rings as the chain chin strap. That chain is long because it will sit higher than a normal curb strap. So if that leather strap you put on is not as long as the chain it will not work.

    03-29-2013, 10:14 AM
Green Broke
Okay, thank you. Two votes for the curb strap ring.

Mine didn't actually come with the original chain....it was part of some used tack that I bought as a lot. So really I had no idea what length the original chain had. I will see how it fits and how it appears to work on the horse.

I tell you what was really long on this was the rope nose band. I originally tried it on the horse with the rope nose band (on a normal sized horse, not a fine boned horse) and the nose band appeared huge! So I don't know if it was made for a big horse or if I was using it incorrectly.

I had been wanting to try something like the "Little S" with the flat leather nose band for a while, so I decided to play around with modifying this one.

I will try it on the horse today and see what seems to work.
    04-02-2013, 11:56 PM
Green Broke
The more I look at the picts you posted, the more I think the headstall is supposed to attached to the same rings as the curb strap.
I use an English Hack and it applies pressure to the nose and jaw. The way yours is set up, I don't think it would put as much pressure on the nose.
Let us know if you figure it out?

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