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  • Bosal Fit and Adjustment
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    08-23-2013, 09:59 PM
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Bosal training and sizing.

Two questions. What size bosal do I start with and is he ready?

A little background. Gelding is 6, broke broke broke. Reins, spins, slides etc. Can be ridden bridless. I'd like to try him in a bosal just because! He currently works in three different reining type bits, but could probably work in anything!

What size bosal would you recommend? He's a 15.1hh QH gelding with a manly head!
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    08-23-2013, 10:06 PM
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Only one way to know- measure his face! Lol.

The bigger the bosal the more harsh.
     
    08-23-2013, 10:16 PM
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Only one way to know- measure his face! Lol.

The bigger the bosal the more harsh.
See, I've been told that's not the case in either sizing nor thickness
     
    08-23-2013, 10:35 PM
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Here's a decent link on fitting the bosal.

http://calclassics.net/php/learn/fittingABosal.php

Muppetgirl - My experience is similar to what you've been told. The thicker the bosal, the milder. Makes sense to me, too, since pressure is dispersed over a greater area (think intro to Physics in general science in high school).

There are many sites about selecting the right bosal for a horse. The only place I differ is that I haven't found it necessary to have 7 or so diameters of bosals. I, and others I know, have maybe 3 favorites that we progress through.

It doesn't sound like that is even your goal, though. Would be great if you could borrow a couple and try them before buying. I will add that buying the best you possibly can is worth is. And taking time to shape it to your horse's muzzle is also worth it.
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    08-23-2013, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by boots    
Here's a decent link on fitting the bosal.

Bosal Fit and Adjustment

Muppetgirl - My experience is similar to what you've been told. The thicker the bosal, the milder. Makes sense to me, too, since pressure is dispersed over a greater area (think intro to Physics in general science in high school).

There are many sites about selecting the right bosal for a horse. The only place I differ is that I haven't found it necessary to have 7 or so diameters of bosals. I, and others I know, have maybe 3 favorites that we progress through.

It doesn't sound like that is even your goal, though. Would be great if you could borrow a couple and try them before buying. I will add that buying the best you possibly can is worth is. And taking time to shape it to your horse's muzzle is also worth it.
Thanks Boots! Yes I know where I could borrow some nice old dusty bosals from a friend who went through the same 'got to try it!' phase I'm going through! Plus I really really need an excuse to have a nice set of mecate reins And after we 'master' that I'd like to try romel reins.....apparently romels are a very good indicator of a horse who either goes straight or wobbly!!

If he and I can do something new then great!!
     
    08-23-2013, 11:11 PM
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And where the hell is Wanstrom when you need her?
     
    08-23-2013, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
See, I've been told that's not the case in either sizing nor thickness
You know what they say- you can go by what people tell you or try it for yourself and find something that works for you-- I found a bigger bosal to be more harsh than a thinner one because it covers more area on the nose and is heavy and they are more stiff- thinner ones are lighter and more pliable --you can get a softer one- id start my horse in a loping hackamore and work up from there.

To be more helpful to you- when you measure your horses face it can help you know where the nose buttons and shanks need to be to fit your horse right-- you can make one work that's too long but one that's too short is trash.
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