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[RC] question about hackamores - LTYearwood

Hi Everyone,

I had a lesson with a dressage trainer tonight. I was hesitant at first 
because I had had a lesson with her a year ago and it didn't go well -- I think 
I 
was such a newbie I couldn't understand much less retaian anything she was 
saying.

But tonight was different. She helped me understand a lot about the use of my 
arms (keeping elbows bent, ect) and about how to manage the pace of my horse 
a lot better. But there is one problem we just can't seem to agree on. 

She HATES that I ride in a bitless bridle. In fact, she can't believe I 
haven't been seriously injured. She says I ride far above the level I'm really 
at 
-- that people with 10 years experience don't ride in bitless bridles on 
Ay-rabs in the forest (I've been riding for about a year and a half).

So she recommended a hackamore. Says it's better than the bitless I have. I'm 
feeling a little scared after all that scolding and I'm also feeling like I 
need to learn more about the hackamore. So I'm wondering if anyone out there on 
this board can recommend anything to me. 

Don't hackamores work by cutting off the breathing?

Thanks you guys -- I always learn from you.

Lori

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