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post #511 of 647 Old 12-25-2011, 02:21 AM
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post #512 of 647 Old 12-28-2011, 01:05 AM
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As opposed to retyping my opinion several times, I just decided to have a bit of a 'rant' thread.
I read your entire post, because I recently posted a thread about bits and I thought it was very interesting. I don't know why you would call it a "rant". I thought it was very interesting and I learned A LOT. If you ranted about something wouldn't you consider it annoying when people post it? I am glad that someone was able to put the information so well written on the fourm
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post #513 of 647 Old 12-29-2011, 06:49 PM
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Oh man. I hate to claim idiocy and ignorance but I have to. I've been riding my paso with a hackamore. I thought it was pretty nice actually. Nice soft padding on top. I had no idea. It's what the previous owners told me he needed. I rode him in a halter for a couple weeks until I bought the hackamore. I should have just stuck with the halter. I feel terrible. :(
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post #514 of 647 Old 12-29-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Furbabymum, depending on the type of hackamore, it likely isn't all that bad.

Just going from your description, you are likely riding in one similar to this...


That is actually one of the milder hackamore options out there and unless you are extremely harsh with your hands, the odds that you could hurt him in that is virtually non-existant. If he goes well in it and seems happy, then there is absolutely no reason to not use it.

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post #515 of 647 Old 12-30-2011, 10:46 AM
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That is exactly what it looks like. Thank you for the reassurance.

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Furbabymum, depending on the type of hackamore, it likely isn't all that bad.

Just going from your description, you are likely riding in one similar to this...


That is actually one of the milder hackamore options out there and unless you are extremely harsh with your hands, the odds that you could hurt him in that is virtually non-existant. If he goes well in it and seems happy, then there is absolutely no reason to not use it.
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post #516 of 647 Old 01-01-2012, 04:43 AM
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What is the mildest bit for driving?

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post #517 of 647 Old 01-01-2012, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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We've always used a simple loose ring snaffle for our driven teams.

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post #518 of 647 Old 01-01-2012, 03:18 PM
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Ok thank you

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post #519 of 647 Old 01-03-2012, 06:14 PM
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I've often wondered bout using that hackimore.. I rode Lolly in a side pull when she was 2..then we 3..snaffle..but she HATED it..so we tried the curb grazing bit..and she loves it..
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post #520 of 647 Old 01-03-2012, 08:50 PM
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This is well said, I strongly believe that a horse should be well enough trained to ride without a bit. Horses should be able to be ridden with a halter if need be, then the bit can be introduced, but the bit is just a tool, and it should not be the source of good training in a horse. A piece of metal jammed in their mouth is not training, it's an intimidation tool, but can also be utilized to a riders advantage, as long as it is done so properly. I strongly agree, it is not the bit, but the training.
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