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    09-12-2010, 11:05 PM
  #1
Yearling
hackamore or training bit????

Hey guys! I have a delimna and not exactly sure what to do..

There is a horse competition this weekend. An obstacle course kind of competition..

I have been using a hackamore on my horse for the last two weeks(or around that time). He is so much lighter and seems happier in it. My friend she can see a very distinguishable difference in his attitude and his performance in general. He is so much softer and gives a nice headset and stops like a dream which I never thought was possible! Lol.. I barely use any rein aids, all leg aids and he is doing great! BUT... my friend coordinating this ride did tell me hackamores were allowed in the competition.. but im not sure if the hackamore I am using is western.. is there really a western and english hackamore?? Ill post a link of the hackamore I have. Do you think it is a good idea to ride him in a hackamore at a show? I know I have complete control of him in whatever I use but just wondering would it be weird seeing a person using a hackamore on a 20 yr old quarter horse in a obstacle course competition.. I also have a tom thumb training bit. (ill post a link of it too) I have never used it on duke but I am pretty positive he will be fine in it but probably wont be as light in it as he is in the hackamore..

So what is you guys opinions? I got five days to figure this out.. haha.. what a time crunch!!

Thank you for your help!


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    09-12-2010, 11:10 PM
  #2
Banned
Go with the hack. If its what he works best in, that's what you should go with. No one should judge you on riding a hack...I know lots of gamers who will only ride hacks and their horses are well trained. Some horses just don't like bits.

If it is like an obstacle challenge, you wont be judged so much on your tack as you will be judged on the way your horse handles obstacles. To give him the best chance to succeed, go with what makes him the most comfortable. The girl who won a local Obstacle Challenge this year rode in mismatched tack, blue jeans and a button up short sleeved shirt. Her horse did great though!
     
    09-12-2010, 11:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Go with the hack. If its what he works best in, that's what you should go with. No one should judge you on riding a hack...I know lots of gamers who will only ride hacks and their horses are well trained. Some horses just don't like bits.

If it is like an obstacle challenge, you wont be judged so much on your tack as you will be judged on the way your horse handles obstacles. To give him the best chance to succeed, go with what makes him the most comfortable. The girl who won a local Obstacle Challenge this year rode in mismatched tack, blue jeans and a button up short sleeved shirt. Her horse did great though!

Thank you! And haha that will be me! Except my tack matches and me and him will be decked out matching! Lol.. im OCD so we have to match!

And Im a little nervous because my horse is still having issues backing up. Im working with him everyday on that but idk.. im hoping backing up and sidepassing wont be in the competition! Lol.. because if it is oh well.. we will just get marked off for that.i know Duke, and I know that nothing phases him...except llamas! Haha!!! But I put him through a test course and he did awesome! He didnt even hesitate at anything! So.. I know I can get the obstacles down.. but its just the technique(backing,controlled/collected canter, stuff like that) it will be a challenge on my part. Lol.. but he's a good boy and I think this would be a good learning experience for the both of us! Heck at least it will fun! Haha.. ill make my dad take a video of us doing it so I can post it.. either this will turn out to be a success or fail! Haha..

Now after I said he is going to do great watch him turn into a horse that acts like a new broke stud! Hahahah!!
     
    09-12-2010, 11:24 PM
  #4
Banned
I love obstacle challenges! They are very fun and totally a learning experience. This year the thing that got almost every horse was...a bear skin rug. Totally freaked them all out! Even the most dead headed horses took a second look at that! The other thing was not just walking over a tarp...but under the tarp they had a few mattresses. Very interesting! LOL
     
    09-12-2010, 11:31 PM
  #5
Showing
Agree with Cori. That hack appears to be one that can be used either english or western, depending on what headstall you have attached to it. Go with what he likes, he'll be comfortable and the judge will see that and score you higher.
     
    09-12-2010, 11:36 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
I love obstacle challenges! They are very fun and totally a learning experience. This year the thing that got almost every horse was...a bear skin rug. Totally freaked them all out! Even the most dead headed horses took a second look at that! The other thing was not just walking over a tarp...but under the tarp they had a few mattresses. Very interesting! LOL
haha... my friend told me they are trying to get a matress... I was like o ggggreat... duke will probably be like uhm mom NO!!! Haha!
     
    09-12-2010, 11:39 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Agree with Cori. That hack appears to be one that can be used either english or western, depending on what headstall you have attached to it. Go with what he likes, he'll be comfortable and the judge will see that and score you higher.

Ok thanks!! Maybe if duke flows through the course flawlessly and doesnt act like a nonmoving object will kill him then the not being able to back up wont matter! Haha!!

I got a western one ear headstall.. so it will look western.. I just hope this hackamore I bought matches my headstall! Because the one im using now is the same but too light.. its tan and my stuff is like dark sunset kind of
     
    09-13-2010, 12:11 AM
  #8
Trained
If the hack is legal for what you are doing then go for it. Some shows you can not use them and others you can. If this is one you can and your horse is working well in it then use it.

I would say just in case you get there and find out you can not use it take a regular bit with your either a snaffle or shank bit what ever he might work well in. Also once he gets working off your leg and seat you might be able to go back to a bit when needed for shows. Just use your hands in the same way that you are with the hack.

This is why I have so many different legal bits. I use them all with all the horses. That way they work well no matter what you end up using.
     
    09-13-2010, 09:59 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
If the hack is legal for what you are doing then go for it. Some shows you can not use them and others you can. If this is one you can and your horse is working well in it then use it.

I would say just in case you get there and find out you can not use it take a regular bit with your either a snaffle or shank bit what ever he might work well in. Also once he gets working off your leg and seat you might be able to go back to a bit when needed for shows. Just use your hands in the same way that you are with the hack.

This is why I have so many different legal bits. I use them all with all the horses. That way they work well no matter what you end up using.

Ok thanks! Unfortunately I rode duke in the hackamore tonight and he was being difficult! So I will try about tomoro with it and see how he is doing.. idk maybe it was because he was hungry! Lol.. but ill try again but im starting to lean more towards the tom thumb but he never has a good headset he always throws his head up and no matter what I do he wont give his head.. so im at a loss..
     

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