I recently got a simple s-hack to use for trails. It works well but the stiff rope nosepiece has way more bite than my mare needs. Right now I have a cheap fleece noseband cover on it, which works pretty well. I've also seen the rope wrapped in tape (electrical?) or paracord. I thought it would be neat to hear how other riders have made hackamores more comfortable for their horses. :)
I used vet wrap for a while, before moving on to a fluffy Velcro on cover. I think the cover works better, but I miss being able to swap colors of vetwrap and be festive with it. Posted via Mobile Device
I have one wrapped in vet wrap, black to match the headstall, it looks very nice. Another wrapped in flannel from a green plaid shirt.
Then have cut the rope off of one and replaced it with a curb strap that I cut the double buckles off of and used leather lacing to fasten it on through the holes that were there for the buckle, and wrapped the whole length in the lacing, which I have a gigantic spool of left over from making a horse costume. I found that it sort of drooped too much, or had too much up and down movement so instead of fastening it around the hole for the rope, I pushed it through and used a metal keeper on the other side for a stopper, so it comes out of and holds the same angle as the original rope does. I think I have a picture of it on photobucket, hold on I'll check.
Today I wrapped the nosepiece in black electrical tape. I think it looks pretty snazzy with the black headstall on my little grey mare. :) I might still try putting a fleece cover on it.
Thanks for the link, that noseband looks comfy! It would be like 3x as much as I paid for the whole hackamore though, haha. I have this one: Westen AT Rope Nose Little S Hackamore - Statelinetack.com It's kinda cheap but it works for me. Going to fit the chain to my mare and then cut the extra as it's just heavy and seems to throw the piece off balance.