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We're switching Mikey to a hackamore bit, but I'm not really sure about the mechanics ...
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    How does a hackamore work?

    We're switching Mikey to a hackamore bit, but I'm not really sure about the mechanics of it because I've never used one before. How does it work on the horse as apposed to a regular bit?

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    Pretty much I know the ones my barn owner uses are "harsh" as i've seen
    They press on the outside of the face right infront of the cheek bone. Its pressure release really. Its sometimes less control if your horse can withstan pain, but its a good trail riding one because a horse can eat and drink without something in there mouths.
    There are lots of other styles of hackamores too just check out your tack store. Even bitless bridals are pretty good again just facial pressure. <---Hackamore I'm used to
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    There are many types of hackamores. Just like the different types of bits their function varies alot.

    Do you know what type of hackamore you're going to use? That will help alot if you do
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    Nothing too fancy, just this hackamore here:

    Stop and Turn bit

    He's just a backyard pony that I'm training. When we get into other serious stuff like barrel racing or jumping, we'll probably bump it up to a better hackamore, but I'm not sure about what type.. I'll leave that part to his owner because she knows more about it than I do.

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    This hackamore is nothing to play with for it can pack a punch.

    Hackamores (the mechanical types and not the bosals) work by using the nose, jaw/chin ridgeline, and the poll. IF they are rubbing the side of the face then its not set right. THey are aslo not designed to work from the face cheeks. If you are getting this then its set way to high. THis "bit" has a solid curb with no give what so ever. If you do not know how to use a hackamore like this or other mechanical types then I would get some one whos knowledgeable about them and have them help you. You pull back to much on this baby and with a horse that has not been trained in one you will flip him right over on top of you if pulled to hard.

    Many ppl think that all hackamores are better than a bit........WRONG. Many hackamores can be worse than a bit. The worse hackamore (mechnical type) was a German hackamore with a chain nose and 9 to 10inch shanks and a chain jaw/chin. It was used on an Arab that had a very stupid rider (I mean this guy was a know it all and yet dumb as a brick) and that poor Arab was a head thrower and always had sores on it s face from heavy hands and ill fit. I later heard through the gapevine that he about turned the horse over on him on a trail line on the side of a mountain. Dill head.

    A Jim Warner hackamore is a bit better choice or the Beetle hack, or the little S hackamore (which has more of a bite than the first two mentioned) Either way the horse will still need taught how to react to the "bit" and what is expected by him in the 'bit'.
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    A bosal aka "bosalea" is your true hackamore. It works off the madibles and the nose and some of the facial sides. A horse needs to be trained to go in a bosal and are usualy highly trained to do so. IF a bosal is rubbing the side of the face then its improperly installed or is to small.
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    My last horse that I had, he rode in a "Gentle Control", which was really nice. I think the website is www.gentlecontrol.com it had a leather noseband and a piece that works under the chin, it also worked great for teaching neck reining.

    The horse I have now uses a Indian bosal that criss crosses under the chin, it's all made out of braided rope. He had never used anything other than a bit and LOVES the bitless! He responds so much better, when he is in a bit he tosses his head and chews on it a lot, but I think he needs his teeth floated which that could very well be the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laffee Taffee View Post
    Nothing too fancy, just this hackamore here:

    Stop and Turn bit

    He's just a backyard pony that I'm training. When we get into other serious stuff like barrel racing or jumping, we'll probably bump it up to a better hackamore, but I'm not sure about what type.. I'll leave that part to his owner because she knows more about it than I do.
    That hackamore is quite a bit harsher than even your conventional mechanical hack (which is quite severe in itself).

    The above should be used on a finished horse that neck reins 100%. And with a rider that can ride solely off his/her seat and legs (not hands at all).

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