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NBEventer 12-17-2012 05:46 PM

Bitless, hackamore... decisions decisions
 
My mare has the worlds softest mouth and is very responsive to seat. I ride her on the flat in a german silver french link and she loves it. She is super soft, responsive and happy.

However jumping she is a bit more of a handful. Now this is not a "you need to fix her flat work" because her flat is amazing. Same with pole work. I could ride her bridleless if I wanted as she is so responsive to the seat. So its not a missing element in our flat work. Plus all winter our jumps are put away and its dressage dressage dressage and no stirrup and no reins work.

I want to ride her bitless for cross country and stadium. Now I am facing the decision of which way to go. Hackamore or bitless? Because she can lose her brain from time to time I would prefer something with a bit more of a "woah" if I need it. I am light in my seat and light in my hands.

Sadly bitless is not popular in my area so borrowing is out of the question. I am thinking of trying the mechanical hack like so:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ll3H6Utw9m...+hackamore.jpg

Or

Should I got bitless like so:

http://www.nurturalhorse.com/wp-cont...340&zc=1&q=100

Deschutes 12-23-2012 01:26 AM

I use an aeron mack riding halter. Its got rings that aren't on the side, they hang like shanks, almost, and the creator jumps in them.

I like mine, it is very nice and sturdy. You can customize color and amount of knots. Stifness too I think.

Deschutes 12-23-2012 01:32 AM

The Aeron Riding Halter Natural Horsemanship

SorrelHorse 12-23-2012 01:40 AM

Have you considered instead going up to a smooth three piece draw gag instead? They are a lot softer, same mouthpiece, but a little more "Hey stupid, I'm still up here" than a snaffle.

I'm not sure what is legal for jumping, but for a strong bitless horse I like a Little S hackamore or a Pozzi hack. Generally both are thought of as barrel racing equipment but I see no difference between a strong barrel horse and a strong jumper, except one comes off the ground and the other gets in it.

SorrelHorse 12-23-2012 01:41 AM

Oh right, also, have you considered just putting a noseband on a loose ring snaffle? That did it for my old mare.


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