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    05-11-2011, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
New Horse rides in Hackamore.

Ok so this new Horse I am using has NEVER had a bit in his mouth. He's been broke with a Hackamore and he rides nicely in it as well. Neck reins fantasticly. I haven't bought one for him yet, I am using theirs until I buy my own. But I want to make sure I adjust it to the correct height. He's using a light weight Aluminum Mechanical Hackamore. It has a nice thick flat leather noseband but decent length shanks, I ride him o na very loose rein so I don't hurt him as i've never used a hackamore before but he does well with this one.

Any have any pictures to show me how high up on his face would be correct? I'll try to get photos with the one they are letting me borrow on him, as it's the one that's been used only on him so it's set for him.
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    05-11-2011, 08:40 PM
    05-11-2011, 11:34 PM
You want to make sure than when the hackamore moves that at no time does it touch his jaw bones. Now do you want it so low it's on the nose cartilage instead of the bone. The one on the pally is a little high.
    05-13-2011, 03:17 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
You want to make sure than when the hackamore moves that at no time does it touch his jaw bones. Now do you want it so low it's on the nose cartilage instead of the bone. The one on the pally is a little high.
No. This can restrict air. The bottom of the noseband should be above the nasal cavity. Some MS Paint to clarify:
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    05-13-2011, 03:50 AM
Also, any lower in the hands of someone not used to a mechanical hackamore can easily break the nasal bone. Granted it would take a bit of yanking around, but I would not want that risk.
    05-13-2011, 07:14 AM
Green Broke
Ok, so definitely want it above the Nasal Passage, but only right above it, then his right now may be to low! I'll definitely check it I ride again.

Po believe me, i'm not sure i'm comfortable with a hack, but he has a fantastic woah, and stops by voice command, and I trust that I have light hands from my years of riding in my Argentine Snaffle(technically a curb it has a misnomer name)
    05-13-2011, 08:30 AM
And you can always train him to a bit. Our 22yr old Sport was never in a bit till we got him at the age of 15. He did just fine :)
    05-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
Yeah I have a D-ring Snaffle I used on one of our ponies that should fit him, i'm thinking about trying it out, do you think he'll neck rein as good in the snaffle as he does in the Hack? I figured if i'm going to be doing barrels I shouldn't use a hack because there IS alot of direct reining even if he knows how to neck rein and i'd hate to risk hurting him.
    05-13-2011, 01:13 PM
A lot of barrel racers use hackamores. If he already neck reins, you don't have to ride with much contact on the snaffle. Or you could look into getting a sidepull of some sort.
    05-13-2011, 02:07 PM
Which mechanical hack are you using exactly?

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