The horse I am talking about is NOT mine but belongs to a friend. I do not live anywhere near this friend so I have never seen them ride in person but a question came about and accusations against her that has raised my curiosity.
What is wrong with riding a young horse in a hack?
This particular horse is 3 or 4 years old. The owner was having troubles with the horse not listening to her with several different bits, including the last one she had on him a full cheek snaffle. Someone told her to try a hackamore because he rides great in just a halter. Anyhow the hackamore has been wonderful for her and him both. He responds wonderfully with the slightest pressure, his ears are forward and he is enjoying his riding time and so is my friend. She does not show but rides for pleasure so is there really anything wrong with her riding him in the hack??
How severe is a hackamore? It was said that it is abusive to the horse but if the horse is happy and responds to light pressure is it ok?