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post #21 of 63 Old 02-04-2013, 08:20 PM
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Yes you can. Alot of people will start the horse in a snaffle, then hackamore then on to the two rein and finally straight up. Some will not use a snaffle at all and go right into the hackamore off the get go.
I have ridden my gelding in a open ring snaffle for about 8 months now, and he is responsive to the snaffle. Would you recommend me trying a bosal? I have always been interested in the bosal and its uses.
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I have ridden my gelding in a open ring snaffle for about 8 months now, and he is responsive to the snaffle. Would you recommend me trying a bosal? I have always been interested in the bosal and its uses.
Give it a shot and see how it goes. Start slow and on the ground. Get the horse used to the hackamore. Just remember the hackamore is not to be used just like a snaffle. The hackamore is used to start building the signal needed to progress into the two rein and ultimately straight up. It isn't there to really direct rein the horse like a snaffle is. What I mean is I kinda go by the suggest, ask , tell method in the snaffle. Suggest, pick up a rein and move my body. If the suggestion doesn't work I ask. Ask, bump lightly and move body and look for a change in the horse. If that doesn't happen the tell( nicely). This just give more direct direction to the horse. With a hackamore there should be no telling. The horse dhould go off the suggestion most of the time will some asking now and then. If you have to tell the horse in a hackamore it will start to deaden the horse to it. It will lose respect for it and ignore it. Then you end up with those stories of" I don't have any brakes with those things" or " make sure you ride in an arena or you'll have a horse bolt on you". Stuff like that. Now I am by Noo means an expert so take all that as just my 2 cents of free advise, and worth what you paid.
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Once I have ridden a horse in a snaffle can you transition a horse into a bosal? Or?
I ride all my colts for around 25-45 rides in a snaffle, just to get the basics down. And then I'll transition into a hackamore. I find it's easier to teach a horse basic stuff in a snaffle and then move to the bosal, that way there's no chance of ruining a horses respect for the hackamore early on.

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I ride all my colts for around 25-45 rides in a snaffle, just to get the basics down. And then I'll transition into a hackamore. I find it's easier to teach a horse basic stuff in a snaffle and then move to the bosal, that way there's no chance of ruining a horses respect for the hackamore early on.
I got the horse I am currently using alot at 9 years old and he is 10 now. Too late to transition to a bosal? And on to the two rein?
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I got the horse I am currently using alot at 9 years old and he is 10 now. Too late to transition to a bosal? And on to the two rein?
Nah, it's never too late to do something new with a horse. I just started a 12 year old stud that had never been handled. Age really doesn't mean anything with horses. I wouldn't see any problem with it.
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Nah, it's never too late to do something new with a horse. I just started a 12 year old stud that had never been handled. Age really doesn't mean anything with horses. I wouldn't see any problem with it.
Sounds good! I have only used a bosal once though and it was on a buddy's horse I was riding. I am guessing it applies pressure to the face to signal? I am wanting all the info I can get on it before I try and transition to it. I have been riding my gelding in the snaffle long enough now and he responds well in it. Is there any specific reason I should transition to the bosal vs staying in the snaffle??
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Sounds good! I have only used a bosal once though and it was on a buddy's horse I was riding. I am guessing it applies pressure to the face to signal? I am wanting all the info I can get on it before I try and transition to it. I have been riding my gelding in the snaffle long enough now and he responds well in it. Is there any specific reason I should transition to the bosal vs staying in the snaffle??
You really can't advance in a horses handle, IMO, in a snaffle. A snaffle offers about the most, direct, basic signal you can get. Basically, a snaffle is used to directly pull a horse in the direction you want him to go. A bosal isn't for direct reining at all, like Fort Fireman said. Basically. With a hackamore, you position the bosal to get the horse to move his body and position it to keep the bosal comfortable. If that makes sense. I'll get on my laptop and do a long in depth post about it this evening.

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You really can't advance in a horses handle, IMO, in a snaffle. A snaffle offers about the most, direct, basic signal you can get. Basically, a snaffle is used to directly pull a horse in the direction you want him to go. A bosal isn't for direct reining at all, like Fort Fireman said. Basically. With a hackamore, you position the bosal to get the horse to move his body and position it to keep the bosal comfortable. If that makes sense. I'll get on my laptop and do a long in depth post about it this evening.
Sounds great! Although I am and have been neck reining my horse even though I am using a snaffle
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I have a question I am green and purchased a been there done that horse.From the time I got him he neck reins should I be using a bosal on him rather than the snaffle?
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