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  • Mechanical rope noseband
  • Little s hackamore leverage

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    01-24-2013, 08:35 PM
  #1
Yearling
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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    01-24-2013, 08:53 PM
  #2
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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.
     
    01-24-2013, 08:53 PM
  #3
Yearling
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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    01-24-2013, 09:02 PM
  #4
Yearling
Oh, okay. And I am guessing a little s is milder than a mechanical?
     
    01-24-2013, 09:06 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
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.
     
    01-24-2013, 09:13 PM
  #6
Yearling
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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    01-24-2013, 09:14 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
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..
     
    01-24-2013, 09:27 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thank you, Wanstrom!

Because the little s is used in barrels, would it be suitable for other forms of riding as well?
     
    01-24-2013, 09:31 PM
  #9
Yearling
They are very popular in endurance racing.
     
    01-24-2013, 09:33 PM
  #10
Yearling
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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