I used a roll of vetwrap to cushion the nose of my s-hack and it is working great! Hate the look of the fleece...we use it for all jumping phases for eventing. Traditional english jumping hackamore was too much leverage.
Why? Just curious. I just did it this winter, and it has been working great. I'm wondering if it will not work well in the heat/sweat?
Because totally exactly absolutely what Katarine said. And I live in "da south" also. But have also lived and ridden extensively in the PNW.
It does rub fur off the nose. Ask me how I know. If you think not give it time. Try a few endurance rides, and then you will know. Vet wrap is not a smooth forgiving surface. It is rubbery, and has threads in it, all which catch fur. The horse face is not smooth how the hack sits on the horse nose. It will touch certain points, then the vet wrap rubs. This can go for the flat ones and the rope ones. Horse faces sweat and the vet wrap slides intitally, then when the face dries some it will catch the fur and skin of the nose. Sheepskin or faux sheepskin is the way to go, it cushions and conforms. I use dental floss to tie it on, or cotton butcher string. I use a slip type stitch like you would if you were tying a roast, or you can just wrap around it tie at the end. Dental floss is strong, won't break. It gets down into the sheepskin or faux sheepskin so you can not see it and doesn't ever touch the horse.
I use only real sheepskin. It is easy to take off and clean, and refluff with a wire dog brush. You could also sew on velcro on the inside.
I kind of like the wide padded noseband on the endurance ones, does anyone have one of those?
I do, but I kind of "made" my own. I bought this , then I bought this.
I cut the rope part of the S hackamore and added the padded biothane nosepiece. I also took the chain off and added a biothane curb strap
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Way cool tabula rashah. I have never seen a replacement like that ever!
I needed a bigger nose piece, wish I had seen that one first. Oh well. The bigger S hack is working out really well. The arab size I had bought used was just too small. That little bit bigger made all the difference.
I will definitely keep the link in mind though. Neat!
I just sucked it up and spent the money on one from Distance Depot. I couldn't find a cheap alternative that wasn't rope, and they had the best price with shipping added in. It's quite nice, though at this point I haven't used it since I last rode in June.