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Hackamores are a type of bitless bridle which work by applying pressure to the nose, poll and chin groove. Unlike a traditional bridle with a bit, there is no pressure or leverage on the mouth. There is a common misconception that bitless bridles are kinder than those with a bit. However, horses have many sensitive nerve endings in their face which the hackamore applies pressure to. As a result, the severity of it depends on the hands of the rider, similar to a traditional bit, so a sympathetic contact and correct fit is key.


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