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post #1 of 3 Old 12-29-2013, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on the Hackmore, I'm watching the show Geneva jumping on TV and one of the riders is actually using a hackmore. I'm not seen many competition riders using a hackmore but it appeals to my compassionate side, I'm assuming it's hard to train a horse for a hackmore?
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-29-2013, 05:01 PM
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Not hard at all. However, there are hackamores and there are hackamores. These things can be rather innocent and they can be also torture devices. A general rule is - the wider and the softer the noseband is, and the shorter the shanks are, the milder the hackamore. Avoid hackamores with thin, sharp nosebands, with chain chin straps and with very long shanks. Hackamores apply pressure on the poll as well, not just the nose - some horses prefer that, some don't. They cannot be ridden in strong contact and they are NOT for beginner hands, also, they have to be fitted correctly, so that the sensitive bones in the nose and facial nerves are not damaged, if the hackamore is set too low.

A good choice to begin with would be an English hackamore or a little S hackamore (my choice which I use daily) - and you can also look into LG hackamores, Flower hackamores, Orbitless, and others, which can be used as a hackamore and easily transformed into a sidepull.

And, as always, a piece of tack is only as harsh as the hands that are holding the reins. But hackamores are more likely to become harsh, even the mild ones, if they are used without a feel.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-04-2014, 12:15 AM
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My friends horse is ridden in a hackamore because she started ignoring the bit due to past owners. It's for some horses and it's not for some horses, it's one of those things you kind of have to try and see. A common misconception is that because there isn't something in the horses mouth the hackamore is better for the horse. This is not necessarily true, now there is something putting pressure on different parts of the horses face but not in his mouth. I would never use a hackamore thats anything more than a mechanical hack because I don't see the need for it on any of the horses that I ride, but some horses will do better with something that's more than a mechanical hack. But always remember, if there isn't a problem then don't fix it. If your horse is fine in a bit don't switch.
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