I take back my 2nd and 3rd comment because I was wrong. Joining up was just my opinion that I put in probably the worst way I could have and from what I know of Hackamores, they aren't nice at all but that is mainly from stories only a couple of times I have seen Hackamores being used in person and had horrible results.
You can't come on here and say all hackamores are horrible "just because ". There are many people on these boards who only ride in a hackamore. When you come and say all hackamores are horrible, you are saying that they are a horrible rider/person for using them. This is why your posts haven't exactly been met with open arms. You are basing your opinions off of very limited experience and not even fully knowing how a hackmore works. And you are using very large generalizations.
Try thinking about other people for a change. Think about how their riding may be different from yours.
Just because it is different, doesn't mean it is wrong.
See and in England, all riding is on the bit and anything that happens you are taught to correct by asking for an outline (I don't do that though) . I probably should have made it more clear my thoughts aren't on Western riding because I know most Western riders are very good, more english because it's constantly on the bit and it's all about looking pretty. Also the reason I stopped biting was because my instructor wanted me to seesaw her mouth to get her off the forehand. I hated it. And it didn't even work for more than 3 strides.
When it is done correctly, riding with contact can be a beautiful thing to see and enjoy.