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    10-12-2011, 07:35 PM
proper fit for bosal

I just bought a new bosal and mecate. A nice one too but it rocks when we ride.....i thought I had it fitted correctly but now not sure becuz it's rubbed the hide off....ouch!! Any advise???? My old one was real thin and ugly lol but never left a mark...
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    10-12-2011, 08:37 PM
Do you have a picture? IME, rubbed off hide is usually a result of improper usage, not so much improper fit unless it's also being used wrong.
    10-12-2011, 08:43 PM
It may also be a sign of a poor quality bosal. If the rawhide wasn't properly beveled and conditioned before it was braided it can have a "rasping" effect. You may be able to take some very fine sandpaper and smooth out the part that touches the nose.

Using a bosal takes a different technique than riding with a snaffle. I don't use one because I haven't taken the time to educate myself on the proper way to use them and I'm too cheap to buy a really good handmade one.
    10-12-2011, 10:41 PM
Smobs, I don't think i'm using it wrong...we were on trail ride so very little reining and I have used one on her all summer but who knows...the bosal I bought was at our tack store on consignment sooo don't are pics, what ya think???? You can be brutaly honest :) the light ones my old one, dark new
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    10-12-2011, 10:43 PM
Rofl I asked my daughter to help me real quick...doesnt she looked happy..dork
    10-12-2011, 11:04 PM
I'm a member of a Facebook group called Classical Californio Horsemanship that is headed by a man named Bruce Sandifer that is world renowned for his skill with a bosal and spade bit. You may want to join that group and watch some of his videos and read the discussions. A bosal is more than just a bitless bridle.
    10-13-2011, 12:44 AM
That looks like a rather poor quality bosal and it's also sitting quite low on the nose, on top of delicate, sensitive structures.
    10-13-2011, 12:56 AM
Do you think both are low quality??? The light one I didnt adjust just threw on to get pic....i purchased both used we just don't have alot of options over you have web site or brand u'd suggest???
    10-13-2011, 01:33 AM
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.
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    10-13-2011, 01:44 AM
I'll show you what I did--I took an old tie-down, cut the noseband off it, and put it on my favorite headstall. Now it's not a bosal, but it's a good working piece of equipment. I can adjust it however I want (I need to get some kind of throatlatch on there, but I've been too lazy), it's very gentle and kind, yet it's also amazing how much control and finesse I can get out of it. If I needed more I'd switch to a different noseband.
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