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    11-10-2012, 03:13 PM
Hackamore vs. Bit

'Kay, just wanted to get your take on this. Some people say that they'd choose a hackamore over a bit any day. Some people use bits over a hackamore. What do you think?

Well, to start it off, I'd personally choose a hackamore over a bit. The reason is really a personal issue. I've never been taught on how to use a bit, so I'll just stick with what I've been learning. So yeah, hackamore instead of a bit. What about you?
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    11-10-2012, 03:16 PM
Id rather use a bit, more precise clear signs IMO
I used a hackamore for my old mare because she neck reined and liked it
    11-10-2012, 03:25 PM
...may I ask what IMO means..? Sorry... just an innocent teenager. I really don't get it... *fail* But, for neck reining, do you have to use a hackamore? Does it hurt the horse's mouth if you use a bit when neck reining?
    11-10-2012, 04:05 PM
'In my opinion'
No you don't have to use a hackamore to neckrein but is rather not directly pull on it
    11-10-2012, 04:06 PM
OOOHHH!!!!! That makes sense. Thanks.
    11-10-2012, 04:44 PM
I use a bit for the same reason Janna does. I'll use a bitless bridle if the horse prefers/needs it or if it's a youngster I'll use a sidepull.
    11-10-2012, 04:48 PM
Use what the horse likes. You cannot apply one thing for all horses, hacks don't work for all horses and sometimes bits wont work for all horses. I prefer to use whatever it is my HORSE chooses, and do infact use both.
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    11-10-2012, 04:55 PM
Either of the two have the potential to be very harmful to the horse if used incorrectly. I've known mouths to be bloodied with bits and noses to be rubbed raw or even broken from hackamores.

I personally prefer bits for the clearer signals, but I'm not opposed to using a hack. My main sport is barrel racing so there are a lot of options as far as bitting your horse there. A lot of them use Ed Wright hacks or Little S hacks (My personal favorite) etc.

However, there's also another type of hackamore which is a bosal:

This is something totally differant...If I have a young horse who can be shown in a bosal I will take that over a snaffle, however it truly does depend on the horse too. Most of my horses I want to show up in the bridle in rail/equitation/pattern/reining/cowhorse classes.
    11-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Oh! A bosal looks a lot nicer than this hackamore!
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    11-10-2012, 06:07 PM
IMO it is. However you gotta know how to use it just like anything else. It's hard to give clear signals with a bosal sometimes and if improperly fitted or used it would rub or cause some issues. Still, I love them as a tool...Plus I'm a little vain, I like the way they make the horse look. Super regal and just gorgeous.

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