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post #1 of 4 Old 12-16-2012, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Side pull or indian hack?

I had my mare in a snaffle but she would pull, toss her head, and carry her head high... Someone at the barn had a mechanical hackamore and had me try it on her and what a diff!! She was very calm and easy to stop. She didn't fight it and didn't toss her head much.

I've been reading a crap load on different hackamores and i've limited my choices to the side pull or the Indian with the metal rings. Now I have no idea which one would work best? Also not sure if these ones i'm looking at are good?

The Indian..


The side pull...

It kind of looks like the side pull may put pressure on the poll of her head.. a small amount is ok but I don't think she'd react well if it's a good amount.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-17-2012, 06:41 AM
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If your horse has a good stop in her you can just ride in a halter with reins attached.

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Side pulls and Indian hacks do not work the same as mechanical hackamores. Each one is completely different type of bridle.
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A mechanical hackamore works somewhat like a curb bit. The side pull pulls on the horse's nose with the reins attached on either side. The bitless, Dr. Cook, indian hackamore all work on a squeezing action under the jaw. Check out the english hackamore. The shanks are shorter and the nose piece is a wide fleece lined strap. A curb chain goes under the jaw. The shorter shanks reduce the severity and horses seem to like this bit.
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