Hackamore VS. the Bit - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Hackamore 3 18.75%
Bit 13 81.25%
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post #11 of 16 Old 04-14-2008, 11:30 PM
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I have one in a hack and 2 in a bit. It truly depends on the horse and their mouth sensitivities...we do what works best for our individual horses....right?
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-15-2008, 07:01 AM
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Well said, ahearn. :) I think too it really depends on horse. Hackamore can be very harsh and jerking on nose may not be much better then jerking on mouth. If you have light hands and your horse is fine with hackamore I personally would go with it, but it didn't work for my horses (although I really wish). I started them in it, but they were not extremely happy (especially my paint).

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post #13 of 16 Old 04-15-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I guess what im getting at is why do you really wish you would have started them with it kitten? ive heard a lot of ppl say that they wish they would have, but too late now. i am not the best rider (why im working with a trainer) and so im not sure if i have light hands or not. sometimes i think i am jerking to hard when i am asking for a stop (on trained horses). but turning and stuff, i try to use leg more than rein. hmmmm guess ill just have to see.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-16-2008, 07:56 AM
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Honestly, I'm not the best rider in world at all. :) Actually that's the main reason I started them not even in hackamore, but the mildest sidepull one can think of (wide leather hoseband with reins attached, no pulling action as real hackamore or even rope halter). I was concerned I may jerk on mouth unintentionally if I'll use bit right away (I'm trying to watch out my hands all the time and keep rein loose, but you never know... ). So I started with sidepull in ring until they learn to stop and turn from slightest rein and legs. After that I switched to french link bit. My paint somewhat prefers the bit, because she doesn't like any pulling on her nose, my qh is fine to ride with sidepull in arena, but outside I prefer the bit for better control (because my sidepull gives almost no control over the head). I do believe though that horses even started in bit can be switched to hackamore, or bitless, or sidepull. Just depends on how they like it.

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-17-2008, 02:10 AM
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I prefer a hackamore. I've got six or seven bridles in my tack room and about four snaffle bits, two tom thumb curb bits, three grazing bits, and one hackamore. I can only use the hackamore on my mare. She absolutely hates bits. I went for almost four and a half years trying to find a bit that she'd work with. It took a really good friend to convice me to buy a hackamore (I didn't think I would have as much control over my girl with a hack... back then, she was only greenbroke and thanks to her old owners, she'd gotten into a habit of bucking at a walk to get out of work)... Anyway, once I switched her to a hackamore, her whole attitude did a complete turnaround and she became an absolute dream to ride. No more fighting! (except for when I don't ride her for a few months... then when I ride her its like driving a truck with no brakes down an extremely steep hill... my girl loves to ride and having to stay in the pasture for extended times is like torture for her...)

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post #16 of 16 Old 04-17-2008, 07:17 PM
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I prefer a hackamore but some horses I have to ride in a bit and thats okay too.
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