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    09-19-2009, 08:54 PM

I was wondering,
Is a bosal with the sort of rope reins.. a good choice in bridle for pleasure riding?

Something like this:

I will have a snaffle western bridle as well, with split reins.

But, for casual trail riding, would it be a good choice?
I really love how they look! :)

Are they alot different to use than a regular bridle?

Then, I will use the snaffle bridle for barrels, western pleasure.

Also, I will have an english snaffle for jumping, and flat work.

The horse I am probably getting, has only been ridden as a dude horse.. with this sort of bit:

He a bombproof, really gentle horse.. I don't think he needs that harsh of a bit.

Should I try a snaffle on him first? Then go to the bosal over time?

Thanks :)
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    09-19-2009, 09:04 PM
Why do you want to look at a bosal?

I would suggest going with a simple snaffle, and stick with that if he's happy :) if you're just pleasure riding, and on a well trained horse to boot, I don't think you need a bosal.
    09-19-2009, 09:09 PM
Oh. Is bosal a harsh bridle or something?

I don't know anything about it.. I saw it in the tack store, and I fell in love :P
    09-19-2009, 09:12 PM
Oh don't get me wrong, they are gorgeous on some horses lol!

They can be as harsh as any other bit or hackamore. They apply pressure to the horse's nose, that is how they work. If fitted incorrectly, they can definitely rub and sore the nose. (For quality sake, I wouldn't look at anything under $300 for the set, new.)

    09-19-2009, 09:14 PM
Oh, and the rope reins (called a Mecate) can come in a variety of types, from cheaper Poly to expensive horse or Mohair. It's basically one very long rope that serves as both reins and lead.
    09-19-2009, 09:17 PM
Alright thanks :)

So, I would need someone who knows what they're doing to help me pick the correct size.

The horse I am looking at, they don't know what breed he is, but he takes a warmblood size halter/bridle.

Oh gotcha!
I believe their was a bosal in our tack shop for $80 I think..

There is a tack sale this next weekend, I guess I will check it out then :) and ask about it there:)

    09-19-2009, 09:19 PM

If the bosal is fitted correctly, it won't do any damage if the reins are loose.. will it?

If I do get a bosal, it will be down the road a bit, as he needs lots of training first before we go to that. Haha.

All he's done is a dude/trail horse.. so that's all he knows.
But, he's great and quiet, so he should be fairly easy to train :)
    09-19-2009, 11:39 PM
I sort of have to disagree that they are harsh to use. Hackamore's I disagree with, Bosal's I approve of.

Lots of horses go great in bosal's, but you're right...They need to know a lot before they should be used, and you should be educated on how to properly use one before you do.

As for the picture of the bit you posted, that's crap and I totally wouldn't recommend it.
    09-19-2009, 11:44 PM
They aren't harsh, sorry - they can be as harsh as anything else in the wrong hands though. They apply nose pressure, that's where the leverage comes from.
I am of the opinion that you need a well-made bosal to make sure it's the correct fit though, not lop-sided like I see so many are...
    09-20-2009, 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
They aren't harsh, sorry - they can be as harsh as anything else in the wrong hands though. They apply nose pressure, that's where the leverage comes from.
I am of the opinion that you need a well-made bosal to make sure it's the correct fit though, not lop-sided like I see so many are...
Yup, absolutely!
Just like a saddle, they need to fit properly! Makes you look really...uneducated when your tack is all messed up.
You get what you pay for... I've got one that's a wall ornament I paid $20 for, and another that I paid $200 for. Lol

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