So I'm thinking about trying Hoovey with a hack. He responds very well to the gentle snaffle, so I think he's a good candidate.
I need help picking one, however. It will be his first hack. I'm looking at this one:
The Reinsman Little S with a leather nose.
Anyone used it with good results? Any other hacks you love/ recommend? I don't want anything more severe than a leather nose, I don't feel he needs it.
Sorry can't help you. Never used one. You know what it reminded me of though. A martingale! LOL
Just a comment... The MECHANICAL hackamore you posted is MORE severe than snaffle. I know lots of people think no bit means gentle, but in that one you can break horse's nose. I read quite a lot about bitless options when I got my horse (and didn't want to use bit), and would never use the mechanical one (whether it's flat on top or not) on her.
If your horse is gentle in bit try either bitless (which is expensive) or sidepull (which you can find cheap). This will give you overview of the sidepulls:
As an example if you go to http://www.jeffersequine.com and type "sidepull" in search look for Single Rope Side Pull Headstall. It's the whole bridle for just $28. I'm sure you can find something nicer in other stores too.
I use this hackamore and find it perfect for my horse. It is not severe if you have soft hands! Your horse MUST have a good WHOA! as this does not help with that at all!
If your horse doesn't have a lot of whoa work on that on the ground. Say "Whoa" then give him a second to make the right choice, and then reinforce your whoa with rein pressure. Once they've got it down pat on the ground, move into the saddle. If they're not getting it in the saddle, it may very well be a bitting issue. That hackamore you picked out would be fine if you are a balanced person with gentle hands, if not go for something with a little less shank.
my trainer has recommended that we use the little s hackomore if we deside to train him that way after he brakes him.
While i havnt used one of those hackamores you posted about, i do use a english hackamore, i have also taken away the curb chain and instead have a leather strap there, so its is even less 'severe'. It works wonderfully for my boy. :D
Heres a pic of an english if you havnt seen one.
Personally I think horse either has to be DEAD quiet or DEAD trained to use it safely. On trails (probably it's easier in ring) everything can happen - horse can bolt, rear, buck, etc. and controlling it with that device is somewhat dangerous.
I trailed him yesterday in one of my instructor's horse's hacks, something like this:
I'm leaning towards that sort of hack now, since he seems to like it a lot and it has gentler pressure on his nose. If he continues to do well, I will probably buy an all leather curb.
He did fantastic in it, responded well, and stopped better than in the bit. He also backed up easy for me, something he's been fighting me in the bit. He is very light, and I ride light- he will respond 80% of the time to single finger pressure on the reins.
I'm only thinking of moving to hack after he's had two months of ground training with my instructor about giving to pressures. I could probably ride him in a halter and lead ropes, he's done so well. This is also on my instructor's recommendation, after he's observed how Hoover responds to me and I respond to him. My instructor has spoken to me about the fact that being too hard can break a horse's nose, but I don't think he would have recommended the move if he thought that was too much of a possibility with Hoover or I.
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