The WHY?: Pony Hackamores
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The pony hackamore is the #1 seller at the Performance Pony Company. We originally added the hackamore to our line because it was a popular request. As we've learned more and seen the results, we totally understand why now!
WHY a hackamore you ask?
Tʜᴇ Nᴏsᴇʙᴀɴᴅ: The rope noseband provides leverage through pressure points across the bridge of the pony's nose. A bit with a mouthpiece utilizes multiple pressure points also, but they tend to be more sensitive pressure points that learning hands can over use or misuse. As this happens over time, ponies learn tricks to get away from the pressure, therefore causing a frustrated pony and rider! With the noseband, there's a larger distribution of pressure.
Tʜᴇ Cʜᴇᴇᴋ Pɪᴇᴄᴇs: When the pony is asked to turn, the hackamore cheek pieces engage a large portion of the pony's cheek, which helps distribute the direct, sometimes jerky pressure beginners tend to have. When the pony pulls away, the larger area of pressure engages with the noseband, encouraging the pony to turn the direction asked. Again, keeping the mouth soft, sensitive and untouched for when the rider is ready to level up.
BALANCE: Inexperienced riders tend to use the reins while learning and building the muscles and technique necessary to keep their balance while moving at a faster speed. Doing that with a bit or mouthpiece can make a pony dull to pressure and/or irritated. The hackamore takes that pressure and distributes it, keeping the more willing to continue moving in the direction the rider asks.
As a rider and pony progress, adding speed or need a little more leverage, they can transition into a bit. It's always important to remember that all riders must learn how to use their hands and body properly for ANY bit to function correctly. It's also critical that any piece of equipment is adjusted correctly to have the full effect.
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