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Saranda 10-09-2012 04:11 AM

Little S hack users - please help with advice
I have been riding my boy in a borrowed LG bridle for a while now and I really like the results. However, borrowed is borrowed and I would like to get my own, but original LG's are really on the expensive side. So I have been looking into buying a Little S hack and have seen some really positive reviews about it, however, I've also seen opinions that the Little S may encourage a horse to develop a high head carriage. Is this really true, or is this connected with how an individual rides or the preferences of an individual horse?

(I know that there is a LG bridle ripoff, the "flower hackamore", also available in the market, but I don't really need the option to transform a hack into a sidepull, as I already have a spare sidepull, and, as an additional note - it just looks plain silly to my taste. :D )

Thanks in advance!

SorrelHorse 10-09-2012 02:32 PM

I ran a couple horses in Little S hacks. None of them had a high head carriage. However, they were taught to drive up into the bridle more with my legs which also brought their neck and poll down. I love the S hack personally. If they had any shoulder lift I would race my mare in one.

DraftyAiresMum 10-09-2012 02:39 PM

We ride my gelding in a leather nose Little S and he's great in it. Will probably get thrashed for it, but he's only 3.5. Problem was that he was fighting the bit something fierce and we were only using a french link snaffle. He works more off leg pressure anyway, so we just put him in a hack and the problem was solved.

SorrelHorse 10-09-2012 03:50 PM

Aires - If you get smashed for riding a 3.5yr old, what am I going to get for always starting my colts at two? xD

QHriderKE 10-09-2012 03:56 PM

I'm also curious about s hacks... my dad rode Squiggy in a mechanical hackamore last week and nearly their whole ride was on a super draped rein, it was wierd.

She's okay with a bit, but always likes to be on it, not in a bad way necessarily, but in a way that makes it a big job to get her working on loose rein.

DraftyAiresMum 10-09-2012 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by SorrelHorse (Post 1712569)
Aires - If you get smashed for riding a 3.5yr old, what am I going to get for always starting my colts at two? xD

Meant got bashed for riding a 3.5yo in a hack. lol

SorrelHorse 10-09-2012 05:03 PM

Oh gotcha. Lol I'm not sure why...Some horses just like hacks! :)

DraftyAiresMum 10-09-2012 05:08 PM

He doesn't neck all. He refuses to get the concept (even with me, my friend AND the trainer all working with him on it).

Sorry! Didn't mean to hijack the thread!

steedaunh32 10-09-2012 05:22 PM

Only ever rode my horses in a little S. None of them ever had that problem nor have I heard of any friends experiencing anything like that. Love that hack!

BarrelRacer23 10-09-2012 11:06 PM

I ride my gelding in a little s hack, I can side pass him, pick him up, move him over, anything I could do in a bit. He's easy, and any horse I've ever rode in any hack does not carry their heads high. That comes from training anyway.
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