Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Does he neck-rein? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought horse needs to know that well to be ridden in bosal. I may be wrong though.
BTW, sidepull doesn't give much of stopping power, so if your horse likes to take off or hard to stop, it's not the best one to go with.
Just curious.... Did you try just rope halter with reins attached? If your horse listens to you it's the best (and cheapest
) way to go. I also would recommend to try rope halter before getting more expensive bosal: some horses simply doens't like the pull on nose. Also did you try just plain simple french snaffle on him (that's the gentlest one) to see how he'll like that one? I'm NOT trying to talk you away from using bosal (don't get me wrong), but I'm concerned he may like bosal even less. It really worth to try different stuff before putting money in (GOOD balanced bosals are not that cheap lol!).
I have tried a rope halter and a lead, a regular halter with reins, and the snaffle I've been working with him on is a slow twist d ring snaffle. I do want to make myself clear that I ONLY DO THIS IN THE RING. I would NEVER ride him in a halter on the trail..Runaway horsey
.. I used to use a TT for a little while, and I will NEVER use one again. Then I moved to a simple TWH bit, and that allowed me to work with a loose rein; but when his fellow horse mates take off, he starts crow-hopping, counter-cantering [lol,i know that's not what he's doing but it feels like it],gaiting extremely collected [trying to get behind the bit], etc..It is somewhat controllable, but I have to be entirely in his mouth; therefore I would NEVER go on a trail whith just a simple halter..But then a bosal might be the same? A hack is TOO strong, but are bosals strong ehough? What BIT would you advise? *confused>.<*