I don't really like to ride with Mechanical hackamores. I prefer a rope halter when just riding around in the yard, but this summer I plan on going on a lot of trail rides on busier trails. Also, I am constantly getting kicked off of Skip because family and friends, who don't know much about riding, ride him and I would rather have something a little less harsh than his 5" shank mechanical hackamore, but a little stronger than a rope halter.
I would love to get a "natural hackamore" but there are just soo many out there. I really like the way bosals look, the mecate would be pretty nice to have on trails so I don't have to switch out his bridle and halter. The bitless bridle Halters on yknotropetack look cool, but I don't know how well it would work because he neck reins. How well do side pulls work?
I really am not too well versed in the world of hackamores, so if someone who is could help me out that would be great. :)