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S hackamore?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by DesyLovesHorses, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. DesyLovesHorses

    DesyLovesHorses Registered

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    So today i went out and bpught this S hackamore : Zilco (NZ) - "S" Hackamore - Stainless Steel
    I have a mare who works well in a normal sidepull bitless bridle but i wanted something with a little more 'turn' for jumping. Shes fairly sensitive and the description made me feel like this was a good choice, however, ive seen several bad reviews about little s havkamore being harsh or being unsuitable for working in a frame. Is this true? Would I be better pff woth the english hackamore? A little afraid to try hackamores now after everything ive heard
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    I personally would not use a barrel horse bit on a jumping horse.
     
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    RelaxMax Senior Member

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    Why not just a regular old snaffle?
     
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    Circle C Senior Member

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    That's a knock off. The little s hack is made by Reinsman. I use this on my horses when I trail ride. I used to run my mare in it also.

    I would probably go to an english hack for jumping.
     
  5. StarPattern

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    I had a little S hack. One of my mares (who is picky about bits) loved it, but she didn't have any semblance of WHOA with it. It was a good little piece of equipment that I used while I tried to figure out her bit situation. She now goes in a Jr Cow Horse bit with a chain mouth piece because it conforms nicely to the shape of her mouth. My other mare absolutely despised the entire idea of a hackamore and would toss and shake her head the moment it was put on her. She goes in a mullen mouth bit and is quiet as a lamb.
     
  6. Kendra-Dressage

    Kendra-Dressage Full Member

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    It's certainly mild as far as hackamores go. There's less leverage than an English hackamore. However I've never seen one ride with a consistent contact on the hack as you would for most English disciplines. I've seen them ridden mostly for barrel racing or trail/endurance riding where one can neck rein mostly and pick up the reins only when necessary.
     
  7. Garfield70

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    Use leverage bits and contraptions only if you can steer/control speed by seat, weight and legs.

    Use a leverage contraption for jumping only if you can be certain to stay out of the horses face even if something goes wrong.

    Then there shouldn't be a problem jumping a horse in a leverage hackamore. The leverage is relatively short, so it's a fairly mild one compared to the normal mechanical hackamores.

    I would borrow one to try it out if it suits you before buying.
     

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