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    09-16-2013, 10:58 PM
Are bosals allowed in western events?

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if bosals are allowed to be used in any and all western events?
(like western pleasure, cutting, camp-drafting and team-penning )

And are they very harsh compared to a halter? (which is what he is being ridden in at the moment)

Thanks in advance!
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    09-16-2013, 11:03 PM
Green Broke
I believe team penning there isn't any specific bit/bosal/hack noted..But in pleasure I know bosals/sidepulls/snaffles are reserved only for horses 5 and under, over 5 needs a shanked bit.

I'd go to a snaffle as a step up from the halter.
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    09-16-2013, 11:08 PM
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Bosals are also meant for training younger horses, I believe, and aren't supposed to be used as the 'forever' option for a horse.
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    09-16-2013, 11:35 PM
Thanks guys!!

But why are they used for younger horses only? I don't see a problem using them on a middle aged horse...
    09-16-2013, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
I think the idea is that past 5 the horse should be well-trained enough to go in a curb.
I have a mechanical hack on my 7yo mare because I can't find a bit she likes...So I won't get to show her WP even if I wanted too unless I could find her a shanked bit she likes.
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    09-18-2013, 01:12 AM
A bosal is used to teach a horse the basics without putting pressure on the mouth. Once the horse learns the basics the bosal is used to teach head set to carry a spade bit. Then the bit is carried without reins while a smaller diameter bosal is used to control the head. Once the horse is used to carrying the bit a set of reins are added and both sets are used in a mannor that the bosal reins are the major signal. Eventually the bosal is removed and the horse is "straight up in the bridle". This is a very old way of training that takes a long time and needs soft hands but produces great horses.
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