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post #1 of 11 Old 01-24-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question About Mechanical Hacks

Please excuse my ignorance. In a prior thread, I was wondering about the use of mechanical hacks, compared to a little s.

Isn't a Little S like that of a mechanical hack? What makes a mechanical hack what it is?

I also ask because I am thinking of getting another bitless option in the event if I ever need one, I have one. I'm thinking of getting a sidepull, because my riding halter, while great for my pleasure rides, won't do so well I don't think for a horse who needs one all the time (but I could be wrong).

But anyway, thank you for answering my questions!
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Yes, the little S is a type of mechanical hackamore. A mechanical hack is any kind of bitless bridle that uses leverage. They are the equivalent of a curb bit.
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No, they are different. A little s hackamore is merely a rope noseband with lifter shanks. There is nothing "mechanical" about it. A mechanical hackamore has hinges holding the shank to the noseband. Therefore, the shanks will swing and put pressure on the curb strap before the nose.
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Oh, okay. And I am guessing a little s is milder than a mechanical?
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No, they are different. A little s hackamore is merely a rope noseband with lifter shanks. There is nothing "mechanical" about it. A mechanical hackamore has hinges holding the shank to the noseband. Therefore, the shanks will swing and put pressure on the curb strap before the nose.

Nope. The lilttle S is milder than other mechanical hacks because of the shape of the shanks, but the principle is the same.
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You can tell the difference in these pictures. The first one is a mechanical hackamore. You can see the hinge. The second is a little s, and you can see how there is nothing "mechanical" to it.
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Nope. The lilttle S is milder than other mechanical hacks because of the shape of the shanks, but the principle is the same.
People tend to call a lot of things MHs when they really arent..

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thank you, Wanstrom!

Because the little s is used in barrels, would it be suitable for other forms of riding as well?
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They are very popular in endurance racing.

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If your hands are light, it can be used for anything. Barrel racers use them because they have a lot of control and a well patterned horse doesn't need much cueing. They also give a pretty clear signal and can free a horse up some if they are getting heavy on the bit.

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