My Col­lec­tion

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The Col­lec­tor:

Steve Met­calf Pi­lot Point, Texas

The Col­lec­tion:

Met­calf, a world-cham­pion trainer, is re­luc­tant to call his as­sort­ment of hack­amores a true col

lec­tion. “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.”

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