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    11-26-2011, 03:01 AM

What do you all think of the little "S" horse bit by reinsman? Hack?

The horse/s id use it on would be a 3 year old paint, about 14.2-3hh and is very VERY alert. He rides nice but sometimes he can be a butt. I rode him at my friends in her arena and the first night he was a pain and hated to do what I asked and the next night I used his nylon halter and he cantered around and would slid stop, turn on a dime, back up, trot, do poles. And was a great horse. So I was thinking about going to a hack again I have one but it was used on my wide faced QH and my Old TB that was very tall with a long face. And it worked well for them but that's because they had a backround of riding and I may use him for barrel racing. I know how to ride I ride many horses all different temperments, sizes, training.

What would you recomend?
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    11-26-2011, 02:01 PM
First off what are you riding him in now?

2nd I wouldn't put a three year old in a hack. The only thing I have that can ride in a hackamore on the farm is my very well broke gelding. You can send some confusing signals to a young horse in a hack and that's usually why I stay away from them.

I have a two year old I ride in a bosal. But I still alternate between bit and bosal with him. There are some things that are just way easier on both you and the horse to learn in a snaffle then anything else.
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    11-26-2011, 02:05 PM
He was in a snaffle and then a wonder bit. But I ride in halter a lot more. I ride everyone in a hack its easyer on them I think.
    11-26-2011, 11:02 PM
A Little S is a good choice for a mechanical hackamore, but don't assume it's easier on the horse. It's not. The rope noseband can be quite harsh if misused.

But if your horse has been through the curb bit, and rides well in a halter, the S may work.
    11-26-2011, 11:25 PM
Hes better in his halter then in a bit. I can get him to canter and do a lot more in a halter then any bit. And my bosel is too small for him.
    11-27-2011, 01:32 PM
A side pull would be another option
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    11-27-2011, 01:36 PM
Would that work for barrel racing?
    11-27-2011, 01:51 PM
If he will go in it property it will, never know till you try. I was just throwing it out there. If you can side somebody to borrow both from, do it and decided what you like best.
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