I remember Hickstead competing in a combo hackamore/snaffle bit contraption, which actually made some kind of sense to me. I don't know if he was ever ridden in a Mikmar, but someone else who has followed his career might.
He was notoriously sensitive to the bit, and like a lot of great and scopey jumpers, highly resented being rated in front of a fence and would hollow and invert if rated too hard in front of a fence.
Fun fact: Backers for the USET had a chance to buy him and turned down the opportunity because he was so sensitive/difficult to ride.
If you watch videos of Eric Lamaze riding him, you'll notice he manages to rate him/rebalance him in front of the fence without a lot of resistance and he got some amazingly soft and balanced rides out of him with the unconvential bit/hackamore combo.
Last edited by maura; 06-16-2012 at 03:50 PM.