I have found that my horse responds much better without a bit and since I only ride for pleasure I see no problem with this. So I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a brand/type of hackamore or bosal that they would recommend.
Steve Guitron, Bill Black, Ortiz, Ortega..just to name a few. Also know a guy in Oregon that does beautiful work.
A good hackamore bosal will cost you a couple hundred bucks. Which you will get what you pay for! So if you don't go with an expensive one, at least get one with a rawhide core the cheap ones are built with a cable. And you can tell the difference between bad braiding/crappy rawhide and good. It is pretty obvious. The plaits should be tight, smooth and even. You shouldn't see the core peeking through.
We started him in a clinton anderson hackamore but I don't want to pay $200 for one. He just chews a lot on the bit and is actually more soft and responsive in a hackamore. He's only 3 and had had his teeth checked.