My Collection: Hackamores

Performance horse trainer Steve Metcalf's collection of hackamores, which he uses to train working cow horses and reiners, as well as Western pleasure horses.

Abigail Boatwright

The Collector

Steve Metcalf, Pilot Point, Texas

The Collection

Metcalf, a world-champion trainer, is reluctant to call his assortment of hackamores a true collection. “I’ve acquired these for my profession,” he asserts. “My hackamores are well-used. If it looks new, it didn’t work for me.”

His 40-some hackamores were made by notable craftsmen, including Luis Ortega, Tom Kerr, Jay Adcock, and close friend Don Brown. Metcalf began acquiring the pieces when he was a kid. But most came into his hands in his 20s when he began his professional training career.

“A hackamore rides really good,” he shares. “Quality hackamores have feel and life to them, and they all ride differently. If used correctly when training a young horse, you’ll have a better horse for using a hackamore and become a better horseman.”

Share
Related Articles
HR_24SUM_Travel_NHSFR_WY_01
Travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the National High School Finals Rodeo
HR_24SUM_Edit Letter_Keira
One Year Later
tgl
A Barrel Racing Sire of the Ages
Sire Spotlight: The Goodbye Lane
HR_22FALL_Travel_Las-Vegas_Run-For-A-Million_03
Travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for The Run For A Million
Newsletter
Receive news and promotions for Horse & Rider and other Equine Network offers.

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Country*

Additional Offers

Additional Offers
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.