hackamore on a gaited horse???
Does anyone have experience using a hackamore on a gaited horse? Mine hates the bit more and more, I've tried several. I rode him a little today and the hackamore was easier to put on him, but I don't know if you can gait one with a hackamore. I'm new to fox trotters. thanks :-)
Why not. I wouldn't if my horse doesn't stop without a bit.
He may have something going on with his mouth making he bit uncomfortable or may prefer another bit.
My friend has a foxtrotter who goes in a little s hackamore. She does super well.
Just being gaited doesn't mean that some tack is automatically off the list :)
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I use a plain old Reinsman hackamore on a very forward Rocky Mountain. He didn't have the best brakes with a bit and is no better or worse with the hackamore. No effect on his gate. Didn't have any specific bit issues just I use a hackamore on another horse and tried it on him and we made out well with it.
Be good idea to see if there are dental problems though...or something stuck in soft palate too?
Make sure there aren't any tooth issues.
Horses can also have thick tongues or low palettes and can't adjust to a bit.
One of my Walking Horses is 19-1/2; I bought him when he was 2-1/2 and the Seller told me he would not wear a bit, no matter what.
I tried everything including a three ounce sweet bit but, in the end (only a few weeks later), I put a mechanical hackamore on him and he's been chugging down the trails in that hackamore his entire life.
He has a champagne-smooth running walk that I have never had to tweek. He was born gaiting like a champ and has always performed on a loose rein. Well most of the time; as with all horses, he has his moments (generally coming home) and I have to hold him back:)
He is my snottiest horse yet has never tried to run away.
I had another TWH that did famously in a Dr. Cook's bitless.
Both these horses are and were barefoot. Don't need a bit and don't need special shoes for a horse to gait properly - at least none of mine ever have:)
As with anything, these types of bridles have pressure points and require light hands. I have read of nose damage from too much jerking/pressure on a mechanical hackamore and too much poll pressure from a Dr. Cook's (or similar0 could cause damage.
Hope this helps:)
I use a mechanical hackamore on my MFT. I tried a side pull, but the breaks did not work as well.
Many gaited horses "balance" on their bits as an aid to maintaining their timing. This won't be possible in a hackemore as it functions by putting pressure on sensitive parts of the face. So gait quality may suffer.
The hackemore is a thing of myth and legend, most of it bunk. It is not more "humane" than a bit, it is not less powerful than a bit (indeed, many are much more powerful), and it is not something that you give to a tyro or somebody with hard hands.
They are useful for horses with mouth pathology or conformation issues. Sometimes horses that have been grossly overbitted or grossly abused by ham-fisted riders are sensitive to anything in the mouth long after the injury has heeled. The hackemore can be a valuable "bridge" to bring the horse back to utility and acceptance of a bit.
I find that if I put a bit in his mouth, he spends the whole ride playing with it. I only use the hackamore for brakes when needed.
Since my discipline requires riding in contact the hackemore is not something I have much use for.
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