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    06-07-2011, 09:58 PM
Which one?

I ride my horse in just a halter at the moment. He did not like the bit at all making our rides very un-enjoyable. After about a year and a half of trying to fine a bit that worked there was no success. So I decided to try to just ride in the the halter wanting to later on invest in a hackamore. My horse is a dream to ride in a halter, I can get him into a full gallop and get him to stop in just the halter with some effort of course. The only problem I have is he sometimes becomes very dull and still listens to me but not as fast responding and I want something more "professional" looking. So my question is i'm just basically looking for a step up from a halter. What would be a gentle hackamore? I know its not usually the type of hackamore you have its how soft your hands are and what not but still what is a gentle hackamore? Also I ride english for pleasure and jump wanting to show my horse later on.
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    06-08-2011, 03:47 AM
Before just assuming the he doesn't like the bit- have you had his teeth floated? Does his saddle fit? Did the bit fit? Is the a chiropractic issue?
If you've ruled that all out, and choose to ride bitless regardless, read on.

If he goes well in a halter, why not try a jumping hackamore ( Google Image Result for http://www.galadriel.shaftnet.org/horses/duchess/jumping-hackamore.jpeg )? It's the same idea as a halter, but more stable on the face and more attractive.
If you're looking for a little more control, I would suggest a zaum bridle ( Google Image Result for http://equineink.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/lg-bridle.jpg ), which puts pressure on the bridge of nose, jaw and poll, but is still mild and allows you to direct rein.

There are tons of other bitless options out there to try. Another option you might look in to is an indian bosal, a crossunder bitless, or a lightrider bridle.

Find what works best for your horse, and for you. Good luck!
    06-08-2011, 07:14 AM
Thank you for you help! :) Yes his teeth were floated and I metion to the vet how he does not like the bit. The vet seemed to fine nothing wrong. Lso I have tried many different saddles on him to fine the correct fit and he always acted the same in them. I'll take a look at those links!
    06-08-2011, 01:39 PM
For the first time ever I've got a mare that goes better without a bit. She will go fine with just a halter, which is OK for riding in my fields, but I do a lot of trail riding and want a more finished look as well as something with a little more control if I ever needed one.

I switched to a "little s hackamore" Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Little S Hackamore and find that I have the control and finesse that I wanted. I also have a bosal but I haven't tried that on her yet.
    06-08-2011, 04:31 PM
I've ridden a couple of horses in a mechanical hackamore with short shanks, and I find that they tend to listen very well in that. You have to have gentle hands, but it's the same as with a bit, anything can be abused. A lot of people believe that mechanical hackamores can only be used for neck reining, which is not true. I jump two horses in hackamores, and find that they listen really well in them.
    06-08-2011, 05:57 PM
Thank you everyone for your input! I will keep all of that in mind! After doing some research I think I may actually try the bitless bridle by Dr. Crooks. After everything I research on its getting GREAT reviews. Has anyone used a Dr. Crooks bitless bridle?
    06-09-2011, 02:41 AM
Oh! I have!
I works alright. Since your horse is in training though, I strongly suggest against it because the cross-under straps take some time to release. Not bad if you're fine-tuning, but to actually send a clear signal I suggest something like the zaum or a sidepull, where release is immediate.

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