I have a new horse who responds very well to the hackamore I have but it's older and I'd like to invest in a new(er?) one. The one I have is a leather braided (over metal?) with approximately 9" shanks - but I have no idea how to measure the shanks.
How do I measure the shanks?
How do I know what length of shank is best? I'd like one that is not super severe although with a hack, my hands are incredibly light.
How do I know what kind of noseband to get?
Would a bosal offer the same type of response and if so, are they considered less severe than a hack?
I rode her in a snaffle when testing her out and altho she responded, her stop was nonexistent. While it seemed like she neck reined with the snaffle - she DOES neck rein with the hack.
I suppose I could get the same hack I have now?
Can I use any headstall with a hack or are some better than others? I do not like One-ear headstalls.