I have a 15 - 18 y/o Arabian mare who is "very well broke." I acquired her a 7 months ago from a woman who owned and trained her- I'm owner #2. So far she is the best horse- very willing, not flighty, very polite, and "very broke." Her only vice, so far, is that she had been alone for a few years and is alone now, and seems to get "screamy" when she's near horses. Not bad or out of control, just excitable [so far]. The woman had been using a snaffle on her but said she had planned on going to a hackamore (her children had ridden her in just a halter, often). I noticed that she was not focused on me with a bit, and would shake her head, which is why I switched to the hack.
For the last few months, at shows, friends' houses, and my own house, I've been riding her in an English hackamore. She responds very well and I feel very safe. She has a good amount of woah even when I just say it. My only beef is that it's very clunky and "cheap" looking. I know it works, I should be happy... but it's just so ugly! Are there any out there that are similar or the same in function but not so massive?
I do a decent amount of trail riding, some barrels, and some English-type lessons with a trainer and use this on her no matter what.
I would like something that still has a 'bite' when I want it (for her scream fits), but won't be tooooo harsh on her- she's a nice girl. I had thought of doing the S Hackamore but read that it doesn't have much "woah"...