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  • S hackamore

    I'm looking for an S hackamore to use for trail riding, I like the modified ones like this one


    They look like this one from Reinsman

    I'm looking for the cheapest one, I've seen some that are super expensive.

  • #2
    I bought the rope noseband one from Tractor Supply for $25 and made a sheepskin nose cover.
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    • #3
      I got two of the $25 ones and didn't cover the noseband; it doesn't sit hard on their face at all, never saw a reason to fluff it up but it would be easy to do, as candle said.
      “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


      • #4
        I bought an inexpensive used rope noseband S hack on ebay, and covered the nose in vet wrap. Works great!


        • #5
          I may have one tucked away- if I find it in the next couple of days I'll let you know.


          • #6
            Got one just like Candle.

            I just bought a larger one. The one I have is an arab size, and I bought a new one from TSC that is a horse size. According to the website, it is about 1.5" longer than the arab size.

            I put real sheepskin on the nose. Mine is a rope nose. You can also use the faux sheepskin too. I wouldn't use vet wrap.


            • #7
              Originally posted by rmh_rider View Post
              I wouldn't use vet wrap.
              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?


              • #8
                it just melts/softens/gets grossss and gets nasty oogy hard over time. not a good 'cushion' at all.


                • Original Poster

                  I kind of like the wide padded noseband on the endurance ones, does anyone have one of those?


                  • #10
                    I have the endurance s-hack. It was expensive, but it was worth every penny. I went through some of the cheaper options back in the day and after trying this one, I wouldn't go back.


                    • #11
                      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.
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                      • #12
                        I have also found that the fleece tends to wear out and get 'gunky' much faster than the 'fancy' endurance ones. Agreed about too much leverage on the traditional jumping hacks.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TheOtherHorse View Post
                          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.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                            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
                            "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                            So you might as well have a good time"


                            • #15
                              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!


                              • #16
                                Huh-I didn't know such a thing existed! We've not had any rubbing problems with our horses but I'll keep that band in mind, looks handy!
                                “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                                • Original Poster

                                  There are several places that do the custom nosebands

                                  There are a few places that make both the noseband and the shanks although I have not been able to find an affordable option. The ability to matchy matchy is endless


                                  Zilco has this funny looking one


                                  • #18
                                    I looked through half my tack collection, apparently the S-Hack is in the other half, which I hope to get to tomorrow.

                                    Anyone who might be interested might send me a message, as I think there is a prohibition on listing things for sale on the board.


                                    • #19
                                      I agree about the vet wrap - I tried it on a side pull once and it eventually does harden and get sticky, which is why I keep my rolls of vet wrap in the house rather than the tack room now.


                                      • #20
                                        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.