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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone else ride in a hackamore? :)

    Hi guys! I'm pretty new to the forums here, and just wanted to see how many English riders out there ride with hackamores! I've ridden in a hackamore almost the whole time I've been riding, which is around 10 years or so. I started out Western, then turned to English to be a more well rounded rider. I found that I got A LOT of criticism for riding English in a hackamore, and I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas as to why they would oppose hackamores so much? Do you ride in a hackamore or a bit? Which do you prefer? And why?



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    I used one on my horse for a while, he learned to curl and run through it (or should I say, I didn't learn how to ride him up and out in it while slowing him down) so changed out of it into a bit. My other horses have gone well in bits (and I showed hunters for many years and hacks aren't "allowed" in hunters).
    My preference depends on the discipline (fine for jumpers not hunters) and what the horse prefers and goes well in.
    Old video of me and my horse doing the little 1.10's when he was a greenie. Shows some nice moments in the hack and you can start seeing the moments where he wants to get low and curled (and me getting jumped out of the tack)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhvv5...6A6CQ&index=52



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    We have one horse that goes well in one. If it fits, and you're a jumper, I see no problem. He will accept the bit but is happier & more relaxed in the hackamore.



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    Yes, my TB mare goes in a hackamore. I have been using it for at least 10 years. The one I use is different than the one shown in the video. I have used when we went foxhunting, hunter pace whatever we do. Have plenty of control. My mare prefers it. The only time I use a bit on her is when we do any dressage competitions, then she goes in a Happy Mouth mullen. I do not school her in it. It gets used only for the test otherwise she starts fussing with her head, getting really heavy and pulling down.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6937198746/ Hunter pace
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6689099517/ trail riding
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6542500401/ CT



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    Quote Originally Posted by Simbalism View Post
    Yes, my TB mare goes in a hackamore. I have been using it for at least 10 years. The one I use is different than the one shown in the video. I have used when we went foxhunting, hunter pace whatever we do. Have plenty of control. My mare prefers it. The only time I use a bit on her is when we do any dressage competitions, then she goes in a Happy Mouth mullen. I do not school her in it. It gets used only for the test otherwise she starts fussing with her head, getting really heavy and pulling down.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6937198746/ Hunter pace
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6689099517/ trail riding
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6542500401/ CT
    Are you saying yours is different from the one in MY video? From what I can tell from your pics, apart from probably being a different brand, they have the same shanks, and same nose and chin strap.



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    I ride my gelding in a kombi hackamore and I will never ever ride him in anything else! I had him for 6 years before we thought to try a hackamore as he would get dull to anything and would end up having issues with a bit after a few months and we'd have to try something else. He's been in the hackamore for 2 years now and he is so much more relaxed and happy. Works for us!



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    My gelding goes in the Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle. We school in it and show in the jumpers in it. If I show hunters I throw a KK-Ultra loose ring in. We both much prefer the bitless.

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    My pony goes around happily in one the majority of the time. But also being a pony and a mare she sometimes needs a reality check so I'll switch her back to a bit. She's currently in a loose ring happy mouth until ice stops falling from the roof of the indoor.



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    I use a combination hackamore (I have a couple different ones). I tried to use a plain hackamore for a little while but found that I didn't have enough braking power. I still hack with that occasionally and I use it when I go out for walks, but otherwise I use the combination ones.



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    There's a girl at our barn who switched to a hackamore because her horse had a slow healing wound at the corner of his mouth and wearing a bit was intolerable. The wound healed but he liked the hackamore so much she never went back to a bit. She and the trainer Macgyvered the hackamore onto an Irish bridle so it looks a little unconventional but the horse goes really well this way. They show in the jumpers.



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    ElisLove, I guess it is the same. I went back and looked closer, really hard to see the shank part against the grey horse.



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    I've ridden several horses recently that go quite well in hackamores.
    Last edited by indygirl2560; Aug. 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM.



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