I'm just curious, I use a M. Hack on my 11 year old QH. I was out riding and was pretty much ambushed by a lady that went off on me because I use one! Now my gelding is the softest horse I've ever ridden. He cannot stand to have a bit in his mouth and will resort to constant head tossing. He gets so upset that it could become dangerous if I insisted that he wear any kind of bit. His teeth are checked and floated every year so it's not his mouth.
I've always ridden him in one and only have to use the lightest of pressure on him. He stops as soon as I put my weight on my pockets, turns on leg pressure alone ect. I only use the lightest of cues from the reins. I have tried using a bosal with him but he starts the head tossing again. I don't know if he can't stand change but I am perfectly happy keeping him in what he feels comfortable in.
This woman tried to accuse me of being cruel for using one! She also informed me that I am doing nerve damage to my horse and that the M.H. Could break his nose. I asked her if she had ever seen a horse with a broken nose or nerve damage from a M.H. She said yes, several..... I proceeded to show her how I worked with my horse, told her that ANY bit, hack, or even a bosal could cause pain and damage to a horse in un educated or abusive hands. Thanked her for her opinion and went on my way. Yet she continued trying to explain to me how harsh my choice "could" be. She was what I consider a fanatic and in the end I told her to mind her own business.
It did make wonder if the nose breaking part were true though?
Not trying to start a debate about the use of the MH just wanted to see if anyone had actually been witness to a horse with a broken nose from one?