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post #1 of 14 Old 10-12-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 14 Old 10-12-2011, 07:37 PM
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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.

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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.

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-12-2011, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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smobs, i dont 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 dont know...here are pics, what ya think???? u can be brutaly honest :) the light ones my old one, dark new
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rofl i asked my daughter to help me real quick...doesnt she looked happy..dork

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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.

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That looks like a rather poor quality bosal and it's also sitting quite low on the nose, on top of delicate, sensitive structures.
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do u think both are low quality??? the light one i didnt adjust just threw on to get pic....i purchased both used we just dont have alot of options over here...do u have web site or brand u'd suggest???

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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.
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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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