I have this mechanical hackamore I got for Christmas from my parents. But after all the things I have been re-searching online, about how bad they can be if used in-proper by a rider that has un steady hands and what not. What are your opinions?
depends on the horse I ride, the horse i got it for was my quarter horse. His old owner messaged me on facebook saying that he actually preferred the mechanical hackamore, my parents heard and got it for me. But he is very frigidity, goes where ever when ever he wants which makes me frustrated and needs to tugs on the reins to snap him out of being ignorant. Does that help? lol sorry if that confused you :S
Is he pulling through the hackamore or ignoring it?
The adjustment on the chin strap makes all the differance in the world. If too loose you have nothing, if too tight you will hurt the horse with a heavy hand.
Use leather not a chain if you are teaching the horse.
Use a chain strap if he is teaching you.
...he is very frigidity, goes where ever when ever he wants which makes me frustrated and needs to tugs on the reins to snap him out of being ignorant. Does that help? lol sorry if that confused you :S
Horses can be fidgety because they're excited, because they don't understand what to do, because they are "high" from the wrong kind of food/not enough turnout/not enough proper exercise, because the rider is rough, and because they are uncomfortable in some way (tack fit is a No. 1 suspect).
A professional could help you sort out which of these things may be causing your problems, and help get you on the right track. When you feel you have to tug on the reins to get your horse's attention, you are not understanding the basics of rider/horse communication. Even one lesson can be very helpful. Good luck.
Originally Posted by CosMonster
But hey, if you can't indulge in rampant speculation on COTH, where can you do it?
Maybe he's unhappy with the bit. Try him in the hackamore and see how he goes for you. The fidgets may vanish. If they do, and you want to ride in a bit he'll need a different bit, his teeth done, or both.
If he goes better in the hackamore, then USE his more cooperative self to TRAIN him to be more responsive and respectful to you. A piece of tack isn't the answer to training problems, but the right one can give you a window of opportunity to train the issue.
How about the original owner? Are they available to come out and help you a bit? Assuming they are knowledgable and local, they might be able to help you work out the kinks since they know the horse already
From the google images I pulled up that has a very long shank. It needs to be used with no contact like a western horse goes. A short shanked hack (like the second one I posted) you can have light contact with.
Braided leather hacks can be harsh just sitting on the horses nose. If you never touch the reins the braided nose piece can rub hair off the horses nose.
I use an S Hack, but also have 2 Sliesters - both of these have a braided nose. Very nice hacks btw.
I use a very good quality real sheepskin cover on all my hacks. I use dental floss (yes really), or butcher string to tie it on.
I use an S hack with sheepskin on my low palette mare. She can't do a broken bit and is not happy in a mullen mouth. S hack is different than a regular hack, whereas you can isolate the shoulder and pretty much use like a snaffle, but it has no bit. She is fussy with all bits, but is fine with this one. She is well trained though. An S hack doesn't have much stopping power, but a hack DOES.
Adjust the chain, or leather strap if you need more whoa power.
I rode endurance in hacks. All my horses were very light on the neckreining, and responded well to the whoa part.
I can't ride one handed any more so I use 2 hands with the S hack. Works well.