Bitless bridles without embouchure (II): the hackamore

Horse with hackamore

There are many types, but this one in the image is one of the most common

El hackmore It is one of the many options we have if we decide not to use embouchures on our horse. As we know, the embouchure is the part of the bridle that goes through the horse's mouth, be it a steak or a bit; but in certain cases you can choose methods in which we do not use them. The reasons for them can range from the fact that our horse has a mouth so sensitive that it cannot hold even the softest fillet, to that you simply do not want to use the pressure method on the jaw to tame your horse, and you prefer a more fair method such as this kind of napping.

We call them nods to call them somehow, because they are not mouthpieces but they are used parts instead of them. This time we talk about the hackamore, which is the most used method currently as an alternative to the traditional brake, and we can see it in many equestrian competitions. Regarding its use in these, and as with all these types of bitless riding (rides without mouthpiece), in Dressage it is not allowed, but yes in other disciplines such as jumping or full, where it is very common to see them. Even, on numerous occasions, we can find a rather curious combination of steak and hackamore at the same time, as you can see in one of the images that I leave below. Both the hackamore and the fillet are usually already designed to be used together, since they have to, say, "put together" or connect them in some way.

In turn, they exist different types of hackamore, which are distinguished both in design and in the length of the pressure lever. The one you see in the photo of the article is one of the most common, with a moderate but sufficient lever, and not very aggressive. On many occasions, the hackamore tends to be too, that is, aggressive, since it works by pressure in a way similar to the chain, as well as pressure on the nose, and some horses may not accept it. In turn, there are hackamores with a very long lever, which is very likely to cause too strong pressure on the horse's head. Still, many show horses may need that kind of hackamore, needing precise control of their gallop speed. The important thing is to choose the one that best suits your horse well.

 

 


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