Zilco Flower Hackamore is rated
Rated 5 out of
Best Hackamore EVER
WOW. I love this hackamore! I always want to have a hackamore on hand and have had MANY, and this one takes the cake. It's perfect for my dainty little OTTB's face and looks beautiful on her. I needed a hackamore I could jump and sometimes show in without the long shank and this is perfect! I get so many compliments on it and a big plus is my mare rides perfect in it! This is really an all-around hackamore, I use it for jump schools, hack days, and even for local shows. This hackamore does not need much maintenance, which is a win! The fit is perfect and is easily adjustable! The Zilco Hackamore is a win!
Date published: 2022-08-02
Rated 3 out of
Rings are great! The rest...meh
I love flower hackamores and the rings/shanks on here are great! The mediocre rating is for the noseband.
Zilco makes alternatives to leather, which I like in theory, but I'm not crazy about in reality. They are very stiff and really do not resemble leather at all. But they are easy to clean!
But regardless of you feeling on Zilco in general, this noseband has issues. Most obviously, it's just really excessively ugly. No hackamore noseband looks great, but this is easily the worst. Even more importantly, though, this can actually be painful - not to horses, but to people! Instead of a normal buckle, where the little metal pin lays flat when it is buckled, this pin is welded so it always sticks straight out. And it is sharp! If your horse tries to rub his face on you while he's wearing this, watch out! I don't know if it can break skin, but it can certainly hurt. An obvious design flaw. When Smartpak stopped carrying these for a while, I was hopeful it was so they could fix the issue, but it doesn't look like they did. I wish Zilco would fix the noseband design, or Smartpak would offer a different flower hackamore.
Date published: 2021-03-20
Rated 5 out of
Kid Tested, Instructor Approved
I first bought a traditionally-styled hack for my lesson horse because I trusted the brand name, but had big problems with fitting (pushed the cheekpiece into my horse's eye). Decided to try this instead so I could play around with the rings and adjust it to my liking. Was nervous because I find synthetic tack to be hit or miss. My expectations were blown away! This thing fits the bridle just like a bit, has different leverage settings I can adjust for my different students (including a sidepull setting for big guys with basic steering), and sits comfortably on my horse's face. Like another reviewer here, I do wish it had more in the way of keepers and a less weird buckle on the top strap. I also wish it adjusted bigger - my 16hh TB is about the biggest horse I'd be comfortable putting it on. I wish I'd thought to buy this one before spending all that money on the standard hack.
Date published: 2021-01-23
Rated 4 out of
My Horse Loves it
I've had this hackamore for almost a year now. I've used it on both my horses, but my mare who has teeth problems and can struggle with a bit loves it and it's now her fulltime jump bridle. I can pull her up from a full gallop in it and she jumps super well! I just wish it was dressage legal!!
The noseband sticks well and doesn't slide around because of the padding, but also hasn't given her any rub marks on her nose after a lot of use.
I love the flower shank because it's just the right amount of pressure. It's my favorite kind of hackamore for sure.
It is very adjustable, fits my 17 hand chunky warmblood and my petite cob sized bridle mare.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the noseband adjustment is pretty awkward. The top of the noseband is kind of awkward to adjust, and I really wish there was another keeper for it because as you can see it kind of sticks out and it's weeeird lookin. Same with the long strap underneath the jaw, there's no real keeper, you just kind of have to tuck it underneath itself so it doesn't fly in the wind.
Date published: 2020-04-28