My friend let me borrow her 'S' hackamore the other day and it made a difference in how my horse was responding. I had a regular O-Ring bit and she tends to fight it. I have also used a shanked bit with a roller in the center and independent sides, but not broken. The horse has responded semi well with this bit as compared to the O-Ring or the Tom Thumb bit.
I have had the horses's teeth cheecked and had the wolf teeth removed. So the problem does not lay in that area. Sometimes the horse will play with the bit or try to pull the reins out further to release pressure of the bit.
When I used the 'S' hackamore the horse seemed more responsive to the light cues as compared to the bit. Actually the whole ride that day was good with the hackamore.
What can a person expect from this type of hackamore? My nose band is vet wrapped for cushion, but is it too severe or is it one of the lesser types? Suggestions and Opinions are highly needed.