Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rope or rawhide halter with a wide band that can be lowered over a horse's eyes, used in breaking horses to a bridle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A form of halter with a nose-piece that can be tightened, so that it may serve instead of the head-piece of a bridle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Western U. S. A halter consisting of a long leather or rope strap and headstall, -- used for leading or tieing a pack animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a kind of bridle with no bit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Spanish jáquima, halter, from Old Spanish xaquima, from Arabic šakīma, bit of a bridle, from šakama, to bridle; see śkm in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Perhaps from Spanish jáquima ‘halter’.

Examples

  • The barn was full of hay dust and horse smells, shadowed and cool, as Sharon led the chestnut into his stall and clipped on his halter before removing the hackamore.

    Western Man

  • The barn was full of hay dust and horse smells, shadowed and cool, as Sharon led the chestnut into his stall and clipped on his halter before removing the hackamore.

    Western Man

  • She put the chestnut through his paces—walk, trot, canter, change leads, round turns—until she was satisfied the horse was working nicely and responding well to the pressure of the hackamore.

    Western Man

  • She put the chestnut through his paces—walk, trot, canter, change leads, round turns—until she was satisfied the horse was working nicely and responding well to the pressure of the hackamore.

    Western Man

  • The pinto was lathered some and Two Spuds was riding bareback, using a rope hackamore instead of a bridle.

    Come Again No More

  • When the horse was through drinking, he turned it loose in the corral, drooped the hackamore over a hook on the porch, lifted the gunnysack with its mysterious burden.

    Come Again No More

  • When the horse was through drinking, he turned it loose in the corral, drooped the hackamore over a hook on the porch, lifted the gunnysack with its mysterious burden.

    Come Again No More

  • The pinto was lathered some and Two Spuds was riding bareback, using a rope hackamore instead of a bridle.

    Come Again No More

  • The pinto was lathered some and Two Spuds was riding bareback, using a rope hackamore instead of a bridle.

    Come Again No More

  • When the horse was through drinking, he turned it loose in the corral, drooped the hackamore over a hook on the porch, lifted the gunnysack with its mysterious burden.

    Come Again No More

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