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Friday, March 20, 2009

The Hackamore

I finally got my Christmas present from My Man yesterday, and I'm so excited!! See, I kept putting off making a decision on what I wanted for Christmas and when I finally decided, there was a complication...

The maker I wanted to make the hackamore for me was a few months out, and I'd have to wait...until March, and that was in December!!!

When we went to the Winnemucca sale, Dan Fowler, the maker, was there and had my hackamore there too...but it wasn't finished. He still had to put the heel knot on it. So, he got that finished for me, and I got it about two weeks ago.

I also was lax on getting the horse hair macate rein made...so I got Carl Hammond to make me one with the colors that I wanted...I picked that up yesterday...




It's awful pretty hangin' there...
let's see how it looks on Colt.





I like it!!!





I really think Dan does good work. He focuses on the balance
and flexibility of the hackamore along with the quality of the rawhide.
When I hold it, it's just like holding a piece of art...it feels good.




Colt is lookin' all grown up!

I worked on the ground first getting Colt to flex left and right. Then I stepped on and did the same. Then we started a walk and I asked for an arc in circles left and right. More flexing at the halt. Picked up the trot and did the same. Colt seems to like it and was catching on to the new feel.

This is a new learning curve for me...as has been this whole cow horse training thing. I'll be taking Colt over to Todd's to get some training tips and make sure I have it adjusted correctly. We've got a lot to work on before the Futurity in September!

~~Thank you My Man for such a great gift~~

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11 comments:

Jocelyn said...

oh so handsome that Colt...

Love the bosal too. I wish I had used one on Star in the beginning... I think we would a bit farther along than we are.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

I'll be checking in to see how it goes... my friend gave me a gorgeous one that she had used on her young horse. I read up on them that you have to shape them on a block (or at least keep it on a block to hold the shape)?? I have never used one before, so I plead ignorance. I was thinking of using it on Piper, once I get that far along....

Sydney said...

Thats something I wanna make some day. I already braid horse hair and make horse hair items how far off is a bosal?

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That's a sweeeet Hackamore and it looks great on Colt. You chose some nice looking colors on the mecate reins, too. Looks like some mighty fine quality. I bet it's even more meaningful that that they were made by folks you know and like, eh?

You've got a great man. Enjoy!

~Lisa
New Mexico

Andrea said...

Being a suburbs gal, I barely understood a word of that post!! lol! But I enjoyed it...I love learning new things and the the world of horses is SOOOO beautiful!! So glad to be following you! :)

Vaquerogirl said...

Looks good, and I'll bet it feels good too. Benny Guitrone has a good website on Hackamore reinsmanship and in caring for a good hac. He says he never hangs them up, that way the 'bend' they get from being on the horse doesn't get spoiled. I love 'em! Got mine from Broken Horn a few years back.
Great present!

prairierunner said...

Very nice. I love using a bosal and usually just keep using it long into old age ;)

Shirley said...

Very nice bosal, like the touch of blue in it. I've got one made for me by Al Grandchamp from Radersburg Montana; Al is over 100 years old now and he made this one when he was 93. I treasure it. He made a cord throatlatch that attaches to the heel knot to keep it in the right spot, useful when I put it on the youngsters who have a small muzzle.

Pony Girl said...

It's beautiful! I love the reins. I would love to have something like that someday. Colt looks very handsome and grown up in it. I'm curious to learn more about the process of his hackamore training. I never realized until I went to a Buck Brannaman clinic last year that there is more to the hackamore than I thought, for example, that you ride in the snaffle first, then the hackamore, then to a shanked bit?

Kate said...

A really beautiful item - and a beautiful horse wearing it! It's nice to know the people who made something you use every day.

LatigoLiz said...

LOVE IT! Totally love it! Now I know where to go to get a new bosal made! LOVE IT!

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