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hackamore

[hak-uh-mawr, -mohr] /ˈhæk əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/
noun
1.
a simple looped bridle, by means of which controlling pressure is exerted on the nose of a horse, used chiefly in breaking colts.
2.
Western U.S. any of several forms of halter used especially for breaking horses.
Origin of hackamore
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; alteration (by folk etymology) of Spanish jáquima headstall < Arabic shaqīmah
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  • Then the younger man, talking to her meanwhile, slipped off the bridle and adjusted a hackamore in its place.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • "Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.

  • And every summer at home his father added extension courses in the saddle and bridle, spur, hackamore and lariat to his education.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • Then with the animal's hackamore in his hand, he mounted and rode to join Hugh.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • "Now catch the big dun," said Hugh, and in a few minutes Jack had him, and the hackamore was put on him.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • Dade went on tying the hackamore with a haste that might be called anxious.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • The rider leaned forward and his hands worked on the head of his mount until the hackamore also came free and was tossed aside.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • I'm going to ride him to-day with a hackamore; and you watch him perform, old man!

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • We'd ketch 'im up, hackamore 'im up, saddle 'im up and get on 'im and let 'im go.

  • Mrs. Steele gave the half-awakened Whitey a "foot up" upon the pony, untied the hackamore, and he was gone.

British Dictionary definitions for hackamore

hackamore

/ˈhækəˌmɔː/
noun
1.
(US & NZ) a rope or rawhide halter used for unbroken foals
Word Origin
C19: by folk etymology from Spanish jáquima headstall, from Old Spanish xaquima, from Arabic shaqīmah
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Word Origin and History for hackamore
n.

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."

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