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post #1 of 4 Old 10-08-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bosal Hackamore help!

Can anyone tell me any info about these? I have a new horse and she uses one of these. Of course it's bitless, but other than that what is the difference between this and the "regular" bridal with a bit? Which do you prefer and why? I am learning to ride and the girl who is helping me learn to ride doesn't like this bridal and wants to try a bridal with a bit. She says she feels like it gives you more control. But my horse has only used a Bosal Hackamore. Her former owner says she doesn't do well with a bit. Should i let her try the bridal with the bit?? Or tell her i'd rather her not use it??
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-09-2010, 11:28 PM
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It is rubbish that you have less control in a bit.
If your horse works well in the bosal, use that. will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-09-2010, 11:59 PM
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A bosal hackamore is a type of bit, and just because it doesn't go in your horse's mouth doesn't mean it is by any means more mild than one that does. The difference with a bosal is that you can put pressure on the bridge of her nose (which, with a beginner's hands, could potentially cause damage).

What exactly does "doesn't do well with a bit in her mouth" entail? Did the previous owners say?

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I think you should stick with what she works best in. You can give a bit a try if you want but it is what she responds best to that is most important. If you choose to keep her in a bosal though, I suggest you do a lot of reading and try to find someone who can teach you how to properly use one because it is very possible to hurt her with it and also easy to teach them how to ignore it.
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