10-13-2011, 12:33 AM
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Yes, they are both mediocre quality at best. A truly good quality bosal will cost you somewhere in the area of $200-$300 just for the bosal itself, not counting the hanger and mecate set. The < 12 plait are more the working quality bosals that don't have quite such a clean look, the ones that are 16 plait or more are the really good ones that are more expensive.
The fit looks decent enough to me, though maybe a bit tight. If it was me, I would likely drop a wrap from your mecate and increase the size a bit so that you can take the hanger up a hole (I am by no means an expert, I just started to learn a bit about bosals recently).
Like Kevin said, they are much more than just a bitless bridle and it takes time and instruction to learn how to use one properly. It isn't something that you can just figure out for yourself.