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post #11 of 12 Old 01-06-2016, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
As far as "brakes" are concerned, you'll have more brakes with the hackamire that with the bit, because the horse is used to the hack. In fact, in general, a hackamor has more stopping power , I feel, due to the severe compression one can apply. Thus, it can be very severe, indeed.
See, here is the confusion at times for me
When the word 'hackamore' is used, western, it is synonymous with bosal, thus no leverage, and a horse can learn to run through a bosal more easily than a snaffle, and why old horsemen taught the double to a horse started in a hackamore.
A MECHANICAL hackamore, which I am sure you are talking about, can indeed have some very severe pressure and stopping power, but it ia leverage devise, and no where comparable to riding with a halter!

It is also why mechanical hackamores are not show legal, western, although many trail riders find them useful, and also gymkana people

You just cannot lump mechanical hackamores in with bittless devises that have no leverage , far as comments and function.
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It is very common in many western programs, to start a horse in a snaffle, then move him on to a bosal, as in working cowhorse-jr horses, and also for jr western pl horses,\Most of them are started in snaffles, but often show in a bosal
I showed many jr horses in a bosal, but I trained them for the most part in a snaffle. Very easy tot hen ride them with a bosal, but the opposite is not true, and a horse that can only be ridden bittless,lacks training in my books!
Eventually, I am going to ride that horse, one handed, in a curb, not a mechanical hackamore, for which I have no use!
My son, showing atwo year old

Smilie , with a bosal

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