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  • SLIESTER MECHANICAL HACKAMORE
  • LITTLE S HACKAMORE VS BEETLE HACKAMORE

 
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    04-05-2011, 08:43 PM
  #11
Yearling
Barrels for sure. And I spoke with the show director from one show I am interested (trail competition- not man-made.. as in ACTHA.but not that asso.) anyways.. I will use it for practice more than anything, along with trail riding, and barrels. If I have to switch to a bit for my other shows then I will use my regular bit.

This is the first time hearing of a beetle hackamore. I have only read and heard about the mechnical, little s, bosals, and the english type on.

I know every horse is different, and I will probably have to try out many different hackamores before I find one Duke feels comfortable in. Just like I had to do with bits, but I like to give Duke his mouth every now and then and not have some piece of metal stuck in his mouth.
     
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    04-05-2011, 09:20 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by katieandduke    
barrels for sure. And I spoke with the show director from one show I am interested (trail competition- not man-made.. as in ACTHA.but not that asso.) anyways.. I will use it for practice more than anything, along with trail riding, and barrels. If I have to switch to a bit for my other shows then I will use my regular bit.

This is the first time hearing of a beetle hackamore. I have only read and heard about the mechnical, little s, bosals, and the english type on.

I know every horse is different, and I will probably have to try out many different hackamores before I find one Duke feels comfortable in. Just like I had to do with bits, but I like to give Duke his mouth every now and then and not have some piece of metal stuck in his mouth.
I would go with a bit less bridle. They are allowed in shows, and , if he is good in just a halter, he should listen in a bitless.
     
    04-05-2011, 09:43 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RodeoLoco    
I would go with a bit less bridle. They are allowed in shows, and , if he is good in just a halter, he should listen in a bitless.

Ok, thank you for your input!
     
    04-10-2011, 12:15 AM
  #14
Weanling
I don't know If I'm too late, but I'm pretty involved in the barrel racing world, and most barrel racers I know that use hacks, they either use a Little S hackamore, or a Jim Warner.
     
    04-10-2011, 02:18 AM
  #15
Green Broke
I like a flat noseband Sliester hackamore. I usually replace the curb chain with a regular flat curb chain or strap (I think the single chain it comes with is rather severe). The "shorty" model is what I would get if I had the money to buy another one. It has less leverage than their standard ones.

Sliester Bits & Spurs

What's really nice about the Sliesters is that they are very nice quality. Most of the hackamores that imitate Sliesters are junk. And the flat leather noseband is just leather with no metal or chain inside. I consider it to be milder than most mechanical hackamores, especially if you get the shorter shanked version and replace the curb chain with a milder one.
     
    04-12-2011, 12:31 PM
  #16
Trained
Oh goodness, I kinda suck at remembering the differant types of hacks....So bear with me.

I have a friend who rides her arab colt in a hackamore. It's an s hackamore, I think(?) it has the bit shanks (yet obvously no bit) and a soft rope noseband and browband. It's very gentle on him and he responds well, and it's nice and flashy on him for the show.

Now the only time I've ever ridden without a bit is on my little Peruvian Rico and I used a sidepull. I absolutely LOVED it. I also used to ride our stud Jester in a bosal for the "wow" factor at shows.

I've heard some pretty good things about the bitless bridles as well. There is a girl here at the barn who I see ride in one, and the hrose seems very responsive.

I'm afraid this isn't my area of expertise, so I apologize if I typed out a mistake in here. Just figured I'd get my two-cents in :)
     
    04-13-2011, 12:21 AM
  #17
Foal
I used to use this kind of hackamore for my horse because he hated bits, but I don't really like them so I switched him to a wonder bit
     
    04-13-2011, 12:22 AM
  #18
Foal
Actually not quite like that....
This is more accurate
     

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