I have a six year old reg. Solid paint gelding which I use just for pleasure riding ("Blitz" or Western Sugar). He is extremely hard mouthed (I think this is from his previous owners who sold him to me along with his bit--the longest shanked ported curb I have ever seen) his previous owner was extremely green and admitted to yanking on him alot, and sold him because he had too much go. I have downgraded to a thick dee-ring snaffle. He often chomps on it, and fights it (along with all others I have tried) he had had his teeth floated, and mouth checked-it doesnt appear to be a pain thing. He is still quite hard mouthed. He is neck reining about 50% of the time on the trail (with leg) and 75% of the time in the arena. I tried a hackamore on him and WOW-super soft responsive, and supple horse! I have never seen him tuck his nose and collect, or tuck and back up with such smoothness. I took him out on the trail, he was wonderful until he spooked (he is pretty nervous) and he found that if he held he head WAY up the hackamore didnt have much control on him, so no breaks. I wonder if trying a hackamore combo would work? The only problem is that the only combos I can fint have twisted wire snaffles...Boo! I know I am kindo of going backards by putting a bit in his mouth, but there is are my breaks, and I need a much softer touch to steer, controll him--just a thought. The hackamore I tried was a shanked one with a soft braided leather nose band. I just loved him in the hackamore, and he seemed much more relaxed, but I need breaks, lol. Normally I can have him stop on a "whoa" but I need something when this fails, as he is a horse and things will happen, lol. What does everyone think of my situation, and ideas? Has anyone tried a combo?
Here are a few I have found (I am in Canada) Hackamore looking at : 251052 & 251072
I would prefer a leather noseband, though. Will continue to look at some other sites too. I like the option on the one to use it with shanks, or as a snaffle