Why transition out of a bosal?
Hi! I'm hoping someone can help me with my question. I just bought a wonderful 6 year old TWH/Appy mare and she is in a bosal. I had no experience with a bosal, but her previous owner gave me a few brief lessons. Basically, very very light touch, slack reins, bumping not pulling, leg cues. This horse is so responsive to leg and light pressure, it's a beautiful thing. I can move my hand slightly to the right and she sees it from the corner of her eye and turns right even before pressure is applied. My question is THIS: I am falling in love with the bosal and the way my horse and I communicate, every place I've looked for advice on how to properly ride with one teaches that the bosal is a stepping stone and the ultimate goal is to introduce the bit. Can't I just ride in it forever??? I'm not showing her or planning on ever selling her. Just trail riding and some arena/cow work maybe (if we can get her over her fear of cows!). Why do people seem to move away from the bosal after initial training? Is there something I'm missing? (ok, that was a lot more than one questions!)