Tie down/Hackamore mistake

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding > Western Pleasure

Tie down/Hackamore mistake

This is a discussion on Tie down/Hackamore mistake within the Western Pleasure forums, part of the Western Riding category
  • Using a bosal on a horse for a tie down
  • Can you use a tie down with a hackamore

Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By Chevaux
  • 2 Post By DancingArabian

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-13-2014, 09:03 PM
Tie down/Hackamore mistake

Hey guys I know what happens was stupid!!!
But I'm a English rider and I accidentally bought a tie down thinking it was a Hackamore ughhhhhh
Can I still ride in just a tie down ??
Sponsored Links
    03-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Tie downs attach to the girth of the saddle and have no place for rein attachment ;) so no, you can't ride in only a tie down. However, you can most definitely ride with a western saddle and your english bridle and bit :)
    03-13-2014, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
I shall take the opposite view, Endiku, for the sake of debate: If the horse listens well and there's a bit of room to make adjustments to noseband part of the tie down and it is of the design that has a ring where noseband and tie strap meet, then I think it is possible to use it as a hackamore recognizing that it would be just for fun and not appropriate to take into a show and it would probably be considered 'mild' and not have much stopping power to it.

OP, can you provide us with a picture of the tie down to help out here, please?
smrobs likes this.
    03-13-2014, 09:46 PM

Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (41.3 KB, 58 views)
    03-13-2014, 09:58 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
I suppose you could, I'm just not sure how safe it would be given that it could probably fairly easily slide off of the ears if the horse shook its head. I'd also think it would move about strangely when rein pressure is applied, and you'd have to take the tie down strap totally off and attach reins to the very bottom. I'd imagine it would be a bit harsher than just a halter too given that it is made of stiff rope.
    03-13-2014, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
Agree with Endiku that you would need to put a proper bridle/headstall on or it could easily flip off and the place to tie the reins is at the 'bottom'. From the photo, I see it looks like it of a similar style of a 'bosal' and it might be a good idea to wrap it with something soft (like vet wrap) as it could be harsh since it may not function the same way a true bosal will because it's lacking the traditional knot piece that goes under the jaw that works as part of setting up the balance (of course, on the other hand, it may provide a milder action because it doesn't balance the traditional way - only way know is to try it). If you're going to go ahead with the experiment, do it initially in a controlled place (eg pen or arena) in case there's some kinks that develop.

Let us know how it works out.
    03-14-2014, 01:38 AM
Technically, you can ride in just about anything. Whether or not it's safe or a good idea is another question altogether.

A tie down is the equivalent of a standing martingale.

You could adjust it and maybe get a working bosal out of it, but if the horse isn't trained/experienced with it, you may end up in a world of trouble. Better to just return it and get the correct thing you need.
smrobs and Cynical25 like this.
    03-14-2014, 01:46 AM
Like others have said, if the horse is trained enough, then technically it's possible, but it's not ideal. You'd need a different headstall at the very least. With the noseband being loose, it would be very easy for the hanger (the strip of leather holding it up) to slip off over an ear and then you'd be bridle-less.

Like DA said, it would likely be best to just return it or exchange it for what you need.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To tie or not to tie in a horse float/trailer........ ?? BLAZERIVERSONG Horse Training 19 06-05-2013 02:21 AM
hackamore help:) -getting him rounded on a hackamore? delboylove Horse Tack and Equipment 10 12-15-2010 08:50 AM
Aussie Tie Ring (Blocker Tie Ring) ShezaCharmer Horse Tack and Equipment 10 05-17-2010 08:49 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0