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    02-03-2013, 12:19 AM
  #11
Weanling
Interesting thread, I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

I am a beginner and was given a horse with next to no information about him. Every single bit or bitless option I have tried with him has resulted in head shaking until I tried a mechanical hackamore. The first time I came near him with a bit he started shaking his head and stamping the ground as soon as he saw it. He has been very calm and responsive in the mechanical hackamore. Zero head shaking, no fear, and he stops! This confuses me as everything I read says these are supposed to be horrifying.

So anyway, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about hackamores. Thank you for the informative thread.
     
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    02-03-2013, 12:46 AM
  #12
Yearling
Ma'am you might be in the wrong place? Not meaning that rude
     
    02-03-2013, 12:53 AM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinaev    
Interesting thread, I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

I am a beginner and was given a horse with next to no information about him. Every single bit or bitless option I have tried with him has resulted in head shaking until I tried a mechanical hackamore. The first time I came near him with a bit he started shaking his head and stamping the ground as soon as he saw it. He has been very calm and responsive in the mechanical hackamore. Zero head shaking, no fear, and he stops! This confuses me as everything I read says these are supposed to be horrifying.

So anyway, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about hackamores. Thank you for the informative thread.
It's possible that he needs his teeth done. That alone will cause a horse to resent even having a bit in his mouth. Re: mechanical hackamores, never really used one but I do know that the traditional hackamore will make both you and your horse better. Martin Black has an excellent DVD on how to use it, and I've borrowed heavily from his style in the way that I use mine. This stuff is really, really FUN once you get onto it!
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    02-03-2013, 11:16 AM
  #14
Weanling
I apologize if my post wasn't supposed to go in this thread, I'm just here to learn. :)
     
    02-03-2013, 11:33 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinaev    
Interesting thread, I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

I am a beginner and was given a horse with next to no information about him. Every single bit or bitless option I have tried with him has resulted in head shaking until I tried a mechanical hackamore. The first time I came near him with a bit he started shaking his head and stamping the ground as soon as he saw it. He has been very calm and responsive in the mechanical hackamore. Zero head shaking, no fear, and he stops! This confuses me as everything I read says these are supposed to be horrifying.

So anyway, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about hackamores. Thank you for the informative thread.
Glad you found something that works for your horse, but this thread is on the traditional rawhide bosal hackamores, not MHs. Just to clear confusion. I would maybe try a bosal on your horse rather than a MH. You can advance in riding and a handle with a bosal, you really can't advance in a handle with a MH.
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    02-03-2013, 11:39 AM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks, I'm trying to do as much research as possible about all of the different types. I would love to try him in a rawhide bosal. I'll definitely check out the DVD mentioned above.
     
    02-03-2013, 04:42 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
Thought I'd share this. Started my gelding in the hackamore today. He's been rode about 5 times in a halter/one rein but then I kinda put him away while I worked on some other projects. Thought it was high time he were re-visited and these bridle horse threads helped to re-inspire me to get back with it!


All I'm working on in these early rides is some basic start-stop and lateral body control. I decided to emphasize the stop more than moving out at this stage, based on a suggestion from Les Vogt. I feel like I could have got him loping if I'd been more active but that he was happier to stop and stand, which is fine with me. He's going to need to know how to do that anyway.

Couple other videos that have inspired what I'm doing here:


Nice!! The way your horse hogs around makes me laugh. Lol. Nice looking horse though and nice work! He's doing good for five rides!
     
    02-03-2013, 07:45 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
Nice!! The way your horse hogs around makes me laugh. Lol. Nice looking horse though and nice work! He's doing good for five rides!
LOL thanks. Yeah it's even more fun when you're on him!
     
    02-04-2013, 03:45 PM
  #19
Weanling
Once I have ridden a horse in a snaffle can you transition a horse into a bosal? Or?
     
    02-04-2013, 07:37 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wallee    
Once I have ridden a horse in a snaffle can you transition a horse into a bosal? Or?
Yes you can. Alot of people will start the horse in a snaffle, then hackamore then on to the two rein and finally straight up. Some will not use a snaffle at all and go right into the hackamore off the get go.
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