Alright so I have quickly found out my mare will ride in a bit but she responds better without one and i was wondering if i should just permanently switch he to a hackamore. Would it work fine for gymkhana? I usually dont like to rely on my bit alot but when i ride her in one i have to becuase she likes to fight it so lately i have just been riding bareback with a rope over her nose and reins she works really well just like that. I was looking at some different hackamores and came across a few would you recomend any of them??
LITTLE S ARABIAN - Horse.com
Fleece Leather Noseband Hackamore - Horse.com
on this one go down to # 952 the mechanical hackamore arabian size
Reinsman Hackamore Bits @ Kyhorse.com
I'm under the impression that some people use the "little s" to get some more reaction out of a bit--i.e. more stopping power. Not sure how it works alone however, but I think the "s" provides a significant amount of leverage. I don't know for certain though.
I use the fleece hackamore, its really only made for horses with broad faces. On my TB its VERY hard to adjust the two straps, it doesn't even close all of the way. If I ever had to jerk very hard it would probably come apart.
I have not used the #952 but I have used the #953 and I have to say I like it. It formed very well to my TB's face and required minimal rein action on my part to get him to stop. Since we don't do direct reining there was no problem.
What would yu recommend for an arabian thats going to be doing trail/gymkhana i would rather use a hackamore then a bit any day which is why i'm really trying to find one that would work.
My friend had the fleece hackamore on her paint/thorough gelding but she gave it away cause she didnt like it
I would say whatever works for her! You can always try it out and then return it. I think the last thing I would recommend though is the fleece hackamore, just for safety issues out on the trail.
alright thank you ill ask around and see if any of my friends have a hack i could try out before i buy one so i have an idea on what she works with
I've always heard that the Little S doesn't have alot of stopping power. ? It has good rate, but lacks woah.
grayshell38-she has a pretty good stop she just doesn't like to with the bit she likes to pull against the bit but the second i just throw a rope over her nose she will stop,back,turn on her haunches and everything she just fights me with the bit. I originally tried her in ahackamore but she didn't have a great reaction to it and i thought well maybe she would ride better with a bit but shes worse so imma take her back to a hack
I always reccomend the Jim Warner hackamores. His was listed on the link you posted with the list of them. If she doesnt need a lot of woah, simply loosen the chain under the chin, the tighter it is, the easier it is to stop her. I use it on my OTTB and I love it, he's like your mare and responds to hacks so much better than a bit.
Do what I do and train her to ride bridleless and bareback like my girl Stacy Westfall lol. When I go out to ride in our arena, I have nothing on her, not even so much as a rope around her neck and I can ride like that. Seeing as how your horse doesn't like the bit, nor the hackamore, I would seriously give it some though to ride/train with nothing on her. Of course you want to still use the rope around her nose while you're still teaching her this incase she doesn't get the hang of your leg aids just yet.
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