- a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
- Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.
Origin of hackamore
Examples from the Web for hackamore
"Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.
Then he put the hackamore on it and took it out to the gate and tied it to the fence.
Then with the animal's hackamore in his hand, he mounted and rode to join Hugh.
He was already saddled and a hackamore was twisted round his nose.Cattle-Ranch to College
Dade went on tying the hackamore with a haste that might be called anxious.The Gringos
B. M. Bower
- US and NZ a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals
Word Origin and History for hackamore
halter for breaking horses, 1850, American English, of uncertain origin. OED and Klein suggests a corruption of Spanish jaquima (earlier xaquima) "halter, headstall of a horse," which Klein suggests is from Arabic shakimah "bit of a bridle, curb, restraint."