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  • Hackamore

    My horse doesn't like to drink with a bit in his mouth. I have been using a Zilco bridle where I can clip off the bit to let him drink, but that requires that I dismount and mount again.

    I would like to just be able to aim him at the water and let him drink, and then go on. So I am considering a hackamore.

    I ride him on a loose rein all but at the beginning where he can be a bit hot. I don't want a jaw-breaking longshank hackamore. We may not use "bitless bridles" according to the rules here, so it has to be a mechanical hackamore.

    What would be the recommendation?

  • #2
    A short-shanked mechanical English Hackamore is a great choice http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=843532005

    I ride my Percheron in one and she's just fine.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • #3
      We use s-hacks on our endurance horses:



      • #4
        The little S hackamore like EddiesMom suggest works great for me. That's all my hot gelding has used for the past 10 years.

        You can buy the bit itself from most equine supply houses for about $35-$40.


        • #5
          I use a cheaper version of the Sprenger one Chocomare posted. My boy can get very strong at times but I've always been able to get him listening when using that hackamore.


          • #6
            here's a short shank english hack for little $$$
            Bridal Sweet 05/28/1983 to 01/23/2008


            • #7
              Another vote for the English hackamore - I'd tried multiple bits and bitless bridles over the years with my old boy, and kicked myself when I finally got one of these and he went beautifully in it - wish I'd got one years

              If you get a cheaper one, you might want to pad the noseband with sheepskin - did that to mine to make it a bit kinder.


              • #8
                I suggest the Little S or the English hackamore, as folks have posted. Not a ton of leverage, nice introduction to mech hacks, and both are tolerable if you NEED to ride with a bit of contact for a little while. I'd definitely suggest a curb strap instead of a curb chain, though.
                Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


                • #9
                  You may also want to look at a "side pull" bridle. It is a bitless option that works with pressure on the bridge of the nose. I ride a big Hannovarian in lessons in one and have also hacked in it and feel it provides just as much control as a bit even through spooks.
                  Appy Trails,
                  Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                  member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org


                  • #10
                    i used it on my arabian mare to control her but she get used of it.


                    • #11
                      Here's my favorite hackamore:
                      These were made in England from cast aluminum, shipped to an endurance vendor in USA who sold groups to other tack vendors. I added the hooks for an english curb chain after I found that a curb strap was actually more inclined to rub the chin of a mare who pulled. A nice wide well made english curb chain has smoother edges than the straps!

                      Bonnie S.


                      • #12
                        I too use a hackamore on my lil Arab mare. I got a "Jim Warner" style from Country Supply.
                        and use a synthetic bridle and reins. I love the easy cleanup and maintenance. I also put a fuzzy cover on the rope nose.


                        • #13
                          I also use an English hack on my 1/2 arab mare. She can be a little hot sometimes but goes great in it. I have use it for years with her. Even at a gallop with a big group of horses, I can bring her back to a walk and let the others gallop on, if I wish.


                          • #14
                            I changed from a bit to the little "S" hack...he stopped pulling and is incredibly responsive and happy....got mine @ runningbear.com
                            <\ <\,,
                            The delicate and exquisite horse is itself a work of art.


                            • #15
                              a lot of arabian horses don't response to hackamore.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by abumalek View Post
                                a lot of arabian horses don't response to hackamore.

                                In about 20 yrs, I've never seen ANY horse not respond to a hackamore. To an uneducated rider...yes
                                To a hack/ I've not seen it.

                                Doesn't mean it won't happen, just that a hack CAN be harsh or gentle, and an Arab cannot be man handled. they resent it, and will respond to an even, quiet, and consistent hand. We've had several, and some were said to be too jumpy/spooky/crazy....ALL responded to a hack, and I've ridden every one calmly and smoothly, on trails, in competition, and in trials.

                                Our Quarter horses, and our big ole draft/cross all ride in hacks or bosals.
                                I'm lazy and don't like to fool with a bit for this, and a bit for that, and really don't go for all the "bling" crud I see.

                                I'm also VERY consistent with my training and discipline. Calm, consistent, and caring, works with every horse I've known and worked.


                                • #17
                                  I have used an S hack with very good success. It is an interesting bit. It is kinda like a snaffle, kinda like a hack. You can isolate the shoulder and turn like a snaffle, and you can also neck rein. It can also have a bit of nose pressure, and a bit of under the chin pressure.

                                  You can get them from JeffersEquine.com

                                  I have a piece of real sheep skin on the braided nose bands. I attach it with dental floss, yes really. But I do that with my braided nose band on my Sliester hackamore too. Which I have used lots too, more than the S hack.

                                  I have used both bits on quiet trails ride to LOTS of competition 50 milers, and all the training to complete the 50 milers.

                                  I have used a side pull with NOT very good success at all. Heck, if you pay for shipping (in advance) I would send it to you for free (or anybody for that matter). It has been barely used. Got it from Jeffers. Excellent condition.

                                  PM me if you are interested.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I can see that Jeffers carries both Little S hackamores and Little S Arabian hackamores. What is the difference?


                                    • #19
                                      Mostly just size. Arabian are a bit shorter/narroer nose and less shank



                                      • #20
                                        OK - so the million dollar question is : How do you use a hackamore? I really am interested in transitioning. Have always ridden all my horses in a simple snaffle (from full cheek to oval, depending on what they needed). What do I need to know about how to go from using a snaffle to using a hackamore?