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post #21 of 34 Old 10-03-2015, 05:47 PM
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Is your bit on backwards in the first photo?
Hard to tell, but it looks like it is.
It could be a bit I have never seen before though.
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post #22 of 34 Old 10-03-2015, 11:40 PM
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TC, I keep thinking the same thing...it is blurry and I cannot tell. It almost looks like a mechanical hackamore, but if so, it is way too low, and still looks backwards.
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post #23 of 34 Old 10-04-2015, 02:00 AM
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TC, I keep thinking the same thing...it is blurry and I cannot tell. It almost looks like a mechanical hackamore, but if so, it is way too low, and still looks backwards.
About 2/3 down the first page, the OP states that it isn't a hack, it's a bit. O.o
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post #24 of 34 Old 10-04-2015, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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It's a bit! I stated this....and yeah someone missed with my headstall the first picture it's backwards. The other photos if you can't tell I fixed it. No damage to the horse's mouth! It's a curb bit with shanks, not a hack!
I like sidepulls if it's a hackamore.

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Always I have problems with my back, so some days are worse than others....
I was more focused on my legs honesty.

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Also I love her blaze, the random O on the side...always called it the puzzle piece because it looks like another piece of a puzzle would complete it.

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post #26 of 34 Old 10-04-2015, 10:35 PM
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Relax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! Just stating it might be on backwards! Some people don't realize this!
Does not matter if it a bit or a hackamore or a side pull! if it is on backwards, it is on backwards!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
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Relax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! Just stating it might be on backwards! Some people don't realize this!
Does not matter if it a bit or a hackamore or a side pull! if it is on backwards, it is on backwards!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
A curb bit works on leverage...rather than pressure.

Wait...how can a hack be on backwards? O_o I understand a bit but a hackamore?
Uhh I'm pretty sure it matters for a horse's cue if it's on backwards.

I fixed it, but man I couldn't believe I didn't noticed it before mounting my horse. Blonde me...
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So, I also kind of want to say that sometimes, your saddle does mess with your position. Barrel saddles (looks like thats what youre using) have their stirrups hung a little bit more forward, to help with sitting you deeper in your turns when barrel racing. This also will kind of make your leg sit a little bit more forward than whats "proper" and youll just end up fighting your saddle for position.
Both of my saddles (team roper and barrel) put my leg a little bit more ahead than what's "correct"
As you can see here:



But I'm still capable of getting my leg under me in other tack:


So that's something to consider when you're looking at your position, ask yourself if you feel like you're fighting your saddle.


I also want to address this:


To me, that is a dead give away that you are bracing and are very stiff.

You should ride around at a walk with your feet out of the stirrups and let your leg hang down and relax, let it hug your horses barrel, and when you feel relaxed, think toes up and in, which will help you stretch your heel down without sticking your feet out.
This isnt the best example for this because I have my weight shifted over, but you can see the differences between my leg and yours.

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So, I also kind of want to say that sometimes, your saddle does mess with your position. Barrel saddles (looks like thats what youre using) have their stirrups hung a little bit more forward, to help with sitting you deeper in your turns when barrel racing. This also will kind of make your leg sit a little bit more forward than whats "proper" and youll just end up fighting your saddle for position.
Both of my saddles (team roper and barrel) put my leg a little bit more ahead than what's "correct"
As you can see here:



But I'm still capable of getting my leg under me in other tack:


So that's something to consider when you're looking at your position, ask yourself if you feel like you're fighting your saddle.


I also want to address this:


To me, that is a dead give away that you are bracing and are very stiff.

You should ride around at a walk with your feet out of the stirrups and let your leg hang down and relax, let it hug your horses barrel, and when you feel relaxed, think toes up and in, which will help you stretch your heel down without sticking your feet out.
This isnt the best example for this because I have my weight shifted over, but you can see the differences between my leg and yours.

It is a barrel saddle. I use to race back when I was in high school.
That photo was the same day as the other photos in that post...in the other ones, my legs aren't that far away from the barrel of the horse. Do you think maybe it's cause it's in a faster gait, I was kicking up my horse?

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post #30 of 34 Old 10-04-2015, 11:03 PM
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Hackamores most definitely can be put on backward and they are completely ineffective (and can cause serious damage) if used backward. My friend accidentally had her Quick Stop hack backwards for a few rides and afterward, her gelding was a bear to bridle for quite a while.

As for the bit being backward, I would say it actually probably matter MORE with a curb than with a snaffle if it's backward or not.
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