While it was none of the lady's business, quite honestly, I hate both mechanical hackamores and Tom Thumbs. There are far better bitless alternatives and shanked bits, respectively, to use a piece of equipment that's fairly harsh and has little finesse.
As long as you don't hate or look down on the people who use them then that is fine
Hate is a strong word though
Mack is a trail horse - no dressage - no roping - no barrels - just hacking, journeying and a bit of timber extraction is all
I think that harshness is in the hands
Its is not what the hackamore can do - it is what the rider does with it.
Having filmed myself climbing aboard did make me realise that when getting up I gave him a bit of yank in the mouth and have now changed the way I get aboard
It was an intereesting excercise filming myself - most enlightening.
Having said that..... we have been together for nearly two decades and he seems pretty well balanced and comfortable with himself and with me
A few years ago I did try him in a snaffle - just to see what would happen
Not surprisingly he did not like it much.
I filmed this man at a Ranch Rodeo in Abilene