There is a common misconception about the hackamore, and how it should be handled. I see it too often, people constantly pulling and yanking on their horses face for collection, especially at a lope. And this drives me CRAZY! IMO, a true hackamore horse should keep a collected, correct headset the minute the hackamore is placed on his head. A true hackamore horse shouldnt have to be constantly corrected in their headset, this should have been taken care of in the snaffle bit stage. I also too often, see riders "pull" their hackamore horses to a stop. This is another pet peeve of mine. If you are asking for a sliding stop, IMO, one simple tug on the bosal, and then the "forward" movement of the heel knot against the horses chin, along with a correct seat and leg should "ease" a horse into a stop, not just muscle them into it.
Another huge pet peeve of mine, is when someone inexperienced with the bosal and its movements, gets a hold of one and uses it just like they would a mechanical hackamore. Riding with a constant tight rein and pulling directly back instead of tugging outwards. This is when horses learn to run and push through a bosal. There are so many ways hackamore training can go bad if someone without light hands, experience, and education gets ahold of one. A good, true hackamore horse should be able to be handled with just fingertips.
Below I've attatched a video of a reined cowhorse competition from a few years ago, that was held in my area. Many people see this as a great run, and it is, for the horse. But little things the rider does, just watching it, makes me almost mad. (maybe its my hormone imbalance, LOL) But anyway, if you look closely, IMHO, the rider is in the horses face WAAAY too much. Those constant yanks through the circles are not necessary, and drive me quite nuts. He never let off the rein through the entire pattern, and this is very wrong for a hackamore horse in my book. Yes, the run looks good, but its the little techincal things the rider does throughout the ride that I really don't like, especially the way the rider hangs on the horse's face. In the pictures that follow, you can see that a nice, collected headset can be achieved without riding a horse's head. (Sorry about the captions, I stole them off BBs website!!
Last picture is of the hubby, but you can still see the horse keeps a nice headset without contact)
Thanks Everyone for reading!!