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    09-20-2009, 01:01 AM
  #11
Showing
I really like bosals for when I want to go bitless. It will be hard to find one that will fit such a big horse properly though. To get one that is quality, you may have to get one custom made (big bucks). I don't know if it would be cheaper or easier to find a "loping hackamore" to fit him. They come in all kinds of types from single or double rope to soft and hard braided rope. I would love to get one like this someday ( 4 Plait Soft Rope Hackamore w/Flat Reins | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits... ) but until I have that money just laying around with nothing else to buy with it, a rope halter will have to do.

I agree that if you don't think he needs the curb bit that a snaffle is an excellent choice to put him in to start with, there is no real transition issues because the snaffle is not a confusing bit.

I hope you get him and can't wait for some pix.
     
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    09-20-2009, 02:06 AM
  #12
Yearling
Thanks everyone for your input :)

Smrobs, that's a nice bosal :) probably can't do as much damage with the rope, instead of the rawhide bosal.

So, snaffle to start off with :)
Do you use split reins with your snaffle bridles?


I sure hope I get him too! We are getting a vet exam this next weekend, if he passes, we are getting him!
EEEEKKK!! I'm sooooo excited! X)

I was wondering, if I get him, how would I know what bridle size to get? Do they give trials on them or something?

Thanks again! And, definetly! I will get pictures up, if I get him!
     
    09-20-2009, 02:19 AM
  #13
Showing
I prefer to use split reins with my snaffles but you can use any type you like. I have seen tons of people with roping or sport type reins on a snaffle and, of course, there is always people who swear by the mecate reins but I am not a huge fan of them (the only place I use them now is on my Perch, on smaller horses, they make the bit feel too unbalanced IMHO).

I don't know about trials on a bridle. I do know that my local tack store will allow you to bring your horse there and try anything you want to on them so long as you clean it after trying it, you might ask your local shop if they would let you bring him by and try to find a bridle that will fit him well.
     
    09-20-2009, 02:31 AM
  #14
Yearling
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I prefer to use split reins with my snaffles but you can use any type you like. I have seen tons of people with roping or sport type reins on a snaffle and, of course, there is always people who swear by the mecate reins but I am not a huge fan of them (the only place I use them now is on my Perch, on smaller horses, they make the bit feel too unbalanced IMHO).

I don't know about trials on a bridle. I do know that my local tack store will allow you to bring your horse there and try anything you want to on them so long as you clean it after trying it, you might ask your local shop if they would let you bring him by and try to find a bridle that will fit him well.
Thanks :) I have only used a western bridle a couple times in my entire life.. haha, so that's why I'm wondering what sorts of reins is best.

The kind I tried is split reins, they were quite good :) But really long! Haha
Then, 2 horses I tried out, had barrel reins. REALLY short! I didn't like them at all.

In my lessons, I used an english bridle, riding western :/ I wanted to use the western bridle.. now, I quit my lessons at that stable.

That's a great idea to trailer my horse in! But, only problem is, I don't have a horse trailer.. :( My aunt has one, maybe she would drive my horse out there.. probably not :P but, I can ask.

If I brought pictures of my horse to the store, do you think they could determine what size he would need?
The owners said he takes a warmblood size halter/bridle.
In bridles.. is it just pony, light, draft sizes? Or does it have a different way of measuring?

Thanks so much! I really appreciate it <3 :]
You will be one of the firsts to see pictures of my new horse! Haha
     
    09-20-2009, 12:32 PM
  #15
Showing
One thing you can do if you can't take him to the tack store is to get one of those flexy measuring tapes that are used on people, measure from the corners of his mouth over his poll, across his forehead to where the bridle would pass over the poll, and around his throatlatch then take all those measurements to the tack store and find a bridle that will fit those measurements. Plus, a good thing to remember is that it is easier to adjust a bridle to fit him that is a touch too big than to use one that is too small.
     
    09-20-2009, 03:10 PM
  #16
Yearling
Thanks smrobs!
That helped alot!

I will let you know what happens with the horse :)
     
    09-21-2009, 08:45 PM
  #17
Foal
A bosal is a great piece of equipment.

Good day,I've just discovered this site,saw your question and wanted to say that I have been training show hunters for over 35 years.I start all my youngsters in a rubber snaffle and bosal or sidepull (comparable pieces of equipment).I have had many horses come with abused mouths and they are delighted to go without a bit in either of these western pieces of tack.The nose is a sensitive area .
Please visit my website www.annekenan.com and share with anyone that is interested-enjoy!

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Originally Posted by horseluver50    
I was wondering,
Is a bosal with the sort of rope reins.. a good choice in bridle for pleasure riding?

Something like this:
Attachment 12927

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:
Attachment 12928


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 :)
     
    09-22-2009, 08:07 AM
  #18
Showing
Bosals come in various thicknesses and materials. A thin, poorly made one will sore your horse's nose but a thick, well made one is a good training devise. They pretty much come in one size and you shape it to your horse. You can make it tighter or looser by how you tie the macate (22' of line).

BTW, the bosal is the piece that goes around you horse's nose. When you combine it with the hanger (headstall) it is called a hackamore.

Here is a good article on tying the macate: Tying the Mecate Article
     
    09-22-2009, 11:04 PM
  #19
Yearling
Ya, go with a snaffle for pleasure riding. Bosals are not like a glorified halter. They can be severe if like PP's said they are used and fitted incorrectly. As for using mecate reins, you can use them with a snaffle bit. You need to buy slobber straps, though. I personally love mecate reins, they are my fave for young horses. You don't need the mane hair mecate wich are megga bucks - you can get a good using set made from nylon that will suit your purpose.
     
    09-23-2009, 01:32 AM
  #20
Weanling
I like bosals. I still have my original one that I rode my first horse with. I'm probably going to try it on Dixie as soon as I can ride her (when her heaves go away). I need to find reins for it though, and would love the metcate reins. My old ones were just rope reins. I agree, you can shape the bosal to the horse pretty easily. For the most part, I have light hands, so have never rubbed my horses with a bosal.
     

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