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.
It's definitely a more severe hackamore, I would be careful using it. Vet wrap is not going to do a whole lot to make that thin nose band any less painful. I would ONLY use this sort of hackamore on a horse that was extremely well trained in terms of neck reining and ability to travel on a loose rein. You're going to see an immediate improved response in almost any horse fighting a bit, just due to the thinness of the noseband combined with the chain under the jaw and that S shank piece giving you the ability to REALLY "crank" the entire device around the nose.
ETA - my horse is the exact same way, an Arab, and she'll fight any bit. She chomps, chews, and will YANK her nose to her knees to haul the reins out of your hands. She's been thoroughly checked and simple hates bits. However, I can control her with ease in a flat fleece noseband hackamore, a rope halter or the new bitless bridle I got her. I've never had any need to go to something more severe, although she seems out of control and "hard" with a bit, you can control her with just a halter with ease.
I've used the Little S for 12 years on a Arab/Saddlebred gelding that I own. He hats anything in his mouth, so I switched him over and he has done very well with that bit.
The little s doesn't have a lot of Whoa. So you need to be comfortable that your horse will stop if you use this bit. See Sawing on the reins will help if you get a horse that really wants to run thru the bit.
If you are worried about the rope over the nose. Put a sheep skin wool cover on it to pad it.
My daughter sharing a piece of licorce with my gelding wearing his Little S
I love to use the Little S on greenies who hate bits, horses who need to lighten up in the mouth, those who need noseband action but not a full-fledged combination bit, horses who are learning to neck-rein but are confused by shanked bits, those who know the basics of lateral movement but still need some work on it; in the training pen, while trail riding, and on some barrel horses. Needless to say, it's extremely versatile.
Pulling on the reins rotates the "S" shank that gives the hackamore its name. This tightens the curb chain and brings the noseband down slightly. I consider this to be a rather mild hackamore with an almost bit-like action.
It's good for both direct reining and neck reining (I actually try to teach neck reining in a snaffle bit, but the bit's action makes this rather difficult. As you put your rein across a colt's neck, the bit pulls on their mouth slighlty, confusing them and giving them a conflicting signal. So I switch to a hackamore or halter to test how much they know, and suddenly they get a lot more comfortable neck reining because there aren't two commands going on at once). And, for a hackamore, it has a suprisingly good amound of lift, bend, and flex.
It's not the best for collection. I recommend teaching collection in another bit, then switching to the hack. The knowledge should transfer over.
The short, curvy shanks make this a very gentle hackamore when compared to several others. You'll often see this hackamore sold with a leather noseband to replace the abrasive rope, and this increases its gentleness.
Can be converted over, too, but it might be easier to just buy a leather noseband first.
I love hackamores. I use them on almost all of my horses. I don't like the thin ones that look like they hurt, The point of a hackamore is to get rid of the pain in the horses mouth (well I think that's the reason) some horses just work better with one. Most of my horses stop (woah) better with a hackamore then they do a bit.
My horse was the same way, he responds better with a Bit-less bridle than with a loose ring snafle. My bitless bridle doesnt at all look like a hackamore, its.... Flimsier, may I say but I love it! My horse was like the worst horse to stop and stand still, but when I ride him in bitless he stops on a dime! I totally love bitless bridles and highly reccomend them (: It looks SORT OF like this. Google Images
Exactly, If you have a horse that wants to push through and keep running. The Little S doesn't have a lot of stopping power. We all hope our horses will respond to the light tough possible. But if you have a horse than requires that occassional stronger hand to get his attention. This bit doesn't do it.