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post #11 of 12 Old 03-09-2010, 12:44 AM
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I start all my horses in the snaffle. When they have been in the snaffle long enough that they aren't getting any better with it, I'll move into the bosal. Usually I'll stay in the snaffle for about 1 1/2 to 2 years. When I go to the bosal I'll do it gradually, switching back and forth between it and the snaffle for a few weeks or months depending on the horse. At this point the horse should have enough savvy to handle the bosal. Kevin is right. Experience is necessary to use the bosal effectively. About the only thing I accomplished with the first couple of horses I used the bosal on was to teach them to run through it!
My suggestion is to stick with the snaffle.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-09-2010, 08:21 AM
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Bosal vs Snaffle

I will also agree with Rod .The things I would like to add is the education for all this equipment is similiar.That would be teaching the horse to follow the line when it is taken in a direction.When this is done properly the head will move before the slack comes out. This exercise can be applied on the ground stand behind the front shoulder pick up on the lead don't pull draw it towards you with some gentle life,wait for the head to come towards you when it does.Feed back more slack to the head as a reward,be patient it will work.After showing some of the other issues you have already past this will be easy.As far as a snaffle I would use one with a link in the middle,when you pull back on two reins with a regular snaffle it jack knifes up and causes the head to shoot up in PAIN.
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