In Vaquero tradition the snaffle was never used. Horses weren't started until later so the hackamore was used until his mouth had stopped changing, trasitioned to the two rein, then again transitioning into the bridle.
The only guys I knew that used a snaffle/hackamore setup were the Portuguese. And I have rode that way with success as well.
I also do not find the halter or mechanical hackamore to have the same feel as a hackamore/bosal setup. The bosal should roll down the nose when pressure is applied, neither does so . The halter just applies constant pressure on the same area and the mechanical hackamore is a "clamp" on the face.
I have no issues with either but most folks who think they are doing their horse a justice by using a mechanical hackamore don't have it adjusted or use it properly making it more "cruel" than they thought hanging a bit in their horses mouth could be.
Riding in a halter or a hackamore is a bluff. Depending on how well you do it depends on how quick the horse calls that bluff. I can ride all of my horses in a halter or hackamore, do I do it all the time? No. But it sure is a nice tool to have when I want to get out of their mouth or need to hop on real quick done get something done.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 08-14-2012 at 10:35 PM.