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  • Hackamore cross country
  • Are horses calmer with a hackamore

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    01-25-2011, 10:26 PM
Yea :) just make sure you fit the hackamore properly before trying them and for the first few rides, be as gentle as possible on the reins if you use to much pressure it could anger the horse or scare him/her. Yes in show jumping you can im not sure about cross country id ask your trainer or judge
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    01-25-2011, 10:30 PM
Alright. I was also wondering. What is the purpose of the hackamore combinations. I've seen some with bits and I believe Eric Lamaze uses a hackamore combo on Hickstead. Is it jsut for more control?
    01-25-2011, 10:42 PM
Yea I was reading up on that some rides use 2 sets of reins so they use the snaffle bit most of the time but if the horse needs to be controlled more they can use the hackamore or both.
    01-25-2011, 10:45 PM
Hmm. Interesting.
    01-25-2011, 10:47 PM
Yea,,, im not really really sure.. so whats the main reason you wanna try one
    01-25-2011, 10:57 PM
I just wanted to see how she'd respond to it. My friend's TB is perfectly fine in a bit but he just opens up and jumps more freely in a hackamore. My other friend has a Morgan who's a pain in the butt to do dressage with but once the hackamore goes on he collects and bends and is gorgeous. I jsut wanna see if I ca get a better response with a hackamore then with a bit. Though I do need a bit for dressage{hackamores are against the rules}.
    01-25-2011, 11:08 PM
Yea it kinda sucks but I think that rule will change eventually riders can do the same stuff in a hackamore or bitless bridle than with bits
    01-25-2011, 11:28 PM
Yea true.
    01-25-2011, 11:41 PM
I know there have already been bitless dressage shows, I watched a few on youtube and it looks so nice. Much calmer and prettier not having the foam around the mouth and looking restricted
    01-25-2011, 11:48 PM

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