CSHA TRAIL TRIALS

 

APPENDIX A

 

HITCHING A HACKAMORE LEADING RIG

 

A Spanish hackamore offers its user the convenience of providing a leading rig. If the mecate (rope rein) is correctly hitched around the horse's neck to prevent the hanger from being pulled over the horse's ears when force is applied to the reins.

 

There are several different, safe methods of hitching up the reins to make the leading rig. they all have the following points in common:

1. The reins are looped around the horse's neck to form a neck rope.

2. The reins are hitched over themselves to secure the neck rope in place.

3. The running end of the mecate lead rope is passed through a bite of the reins to secure the  neck rope and take up any force if the horse pulls back while being led.

 

 

Example of correctly hitched mecate.

 

 

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