By Garrick Pasini
Garrick Pasini of 'West Coast Traditions', talks about the tradition of the hackamore on the west coast of California, USA. Garrick will take you on a short trip through the history of the hackamore as it arrived in California. Learn how it's made, and some of the basics in using it as a tool for your horse.
As you read this, I am probably hidden away in my workshop braiding another hackamore. The tradition of rawhide braiding dates back to the beginning of man, and the tradition of braiding the hackamore goes back as far as the late 1400s, starting with the Moors of Iberia. The Spanish adopted the art during the Spanish war with the Moors and then took their skills and tools with them as they travelled to the new world. Here in California, the art of braiding and the hackamore arrived in 1769 when Father Serra and the Spanish army were taking part in the Catholic Crusades. With ebbs and flow in popularity, it is still in use today.