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post #1 of 5 Old 07-13-2009, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to Bosal?

The D-ring with rollers I've been using has been unsuccessful. I've switched to a dogbon snaffle with 3in. shanks. The double joint is a much better bit for Blu, however there's no rollers so he CHOMPS alot.

I've been thinking of trying a Bosal for better headset, balance, etc, and 'being one' with Blu. Some tell me its a horrible idea. Others think different. But I want your opinions and anyone that has experience with Bosals, what are your thoughts?


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post #2 of 5 Old 07-13-2009, 08:12 PM
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BlueM, how long have you been trying the bone one? It took mine several times before they became quiet on bit (and my paint sometime chew on it in beginning before the work starts :) ). As for bosal, well you can give it a try - nothing wrong with riding in bosal. Some horses do much better in it. For mine it wasn't such a good idea, but everyone is different. Also Blue knows neck rein doesn't he?
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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My horses go well in a bosal - just make sure you know how to fit it right and use it properly. Like people - all horses will have a preference.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-13-2009, 10:43 PM
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Just a note - Any bit with shanks is NOT a snaffle so the dogbone bit is actually a curb with a jointed mouthpiece.

Never ridden in a bosal but have always wanted too... Not too common here is Aus! Good luck with what you choose.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-14-2009, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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• Horses: 7 The bit is similar to this one. The shanks anyway.

I've literally tried 20 diff bits. The chomping isn't a beginning thing. Its constant without rollers. With rollers he only chomps when backing up.

Blu does neck rein farely well. He does need a correction when he gets lazy but overall he can.


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