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    07-02-2011, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
Hackamore to Snaffle

Ok, so my recent horse is about 7 years old and has never had a bit in his mouth, only a hackamore, and I am willing to bet he's never been direct reined.

Since I eventually want to do show jumping and hunters with him I need to work on using a snaffle so today I bought him a snaffle, but I want to make sure I am going about it the right way, I think he would like an Egg butt snaffle with an elevator piece? Or in western terms a dogbone piece. Anyway I got him a D ring Rubber snaffle, I figured the rubber will be really gentle on his lips and mouth since he's never had a bit or contact on his mouth.

When I ride him in it tomorrow should I start out with no contact and keep neck reining for now and work our way to contact and direct reining or should I just jump right in and start teaching him?
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    07-02-2011, 12:25 AM
Just a thought, but they do make jumping hackamores.

Example: http://www.amazon.com/EquiRoyal-Hackamore-Jump-Bridle-Brown/dp/B002KS0Z82
I was worried about the same thing since the trainer who is breaking my gelding wants to put him into a hackamore and I eventually want to maybe jump with him. I was concerned about switching back and forth and then was cruising the net one fine day and found jumping hackamores.
    07-02-2011, 07:57 AM
Green Broke
Yeah but those seem to be more like side pulls and still need constant contact which he isnt used ot, which is my main concern, the jumping hackamore doesn't have shanks like he's used to, and it still calls for direct reining which he isn't used to. That's my only concern about english hacks.
    07-02-2011, 08:37 AM
Do you think he was born knowing how to neck rein? I am absolutely certain that early on in his training he had to be direct reined. I hate rubber snaffles but since that's what you have put it on him and start using it. If he really neck reins then he will stay between your reins rather you have contact with his mouth or not which is all neck reining really is.
    07-02-2011, 08:44 AM
Green Broke
No he wasn't born to neck rein, but honetsly i'd like to think they didn't put this huge mechanical hack on him with about 8-9 inch cshanks and direct reined in that, they've owned him since birth and said he's never had a bit in his mouth, so i'm sure he probably was direct reined with a halter, but not with a bit. He neck reins, but not PERFECT, like most reining horses, he's just a pleasure horse and that's all they trained him for. So he wont stay between the reins, but when you lay on rein on his neck he'll turn the opposite direction but not with as much enthusiams and oomph that I think a reining horse should have, but if I want to take him english has HAS to learn to be ridden with contact on the bit, as position is your reins through to your elbows make a perfect line IE contact to the bit, but I don't want this to cause problems with his hack training either, because I love that for pleasure riding, I love that he neck reins and such with a hack.

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