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post #1 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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should I just go with a bosal?

Just a super quick background - I had my 2yr old's wolfe teeth removed and wanted to still work with him until his mouth wasn't sore anymore, so I've been working with him in just a rope halter. Now the thing is - he is working fantastically in just the rope halter (yeilding to rein pressure on both sides, backing on little pressure, and whoaing really well).
My thing now is should I go back to the snaffle, or just go to a bosal?
(this is just an opinion matter)
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 01:02 PM
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As a 2 year old you can do either. Just know that the bosal is actually pretty severe.

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 01:12 PM
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One quick point about bosals. I think they are great but they arent for everyone. Not only that, they can get expensive. You need to find one that is fitted to your horse. Like farmpony said, they can be quite severe too. Good luck in your search.
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 02:27 PM
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If you know how to properly use a bosal, then they are no more severe than a bit. However, it is really easy for a horse to learn to brace against them and ignore them if they are used improperly. If you have experience with a bosal, then the choice is really yours and what you prefer (or think the horse would prefer). If you don't know how to properly use one though, I would suggest you either go with a bit, stick with the halter, or check out some of the other bitless options out there like a sidepull.
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I'm training my mare as well. I started in a halter and lead rope, went to a hackamore, now working in a twisted snaffle, and will be eventually finishing her in a Bosal. I prefer bitless bridles, but I want her to have the experience in all of them. So far, so good! She's turning out great!! I would say Bosal, but as others have said Bosals can be severe, but it's all in the hands of the rider.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 02:50 PM
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As someone interested in possibly using a bosal at some point, is there somewhere that I can learn more about their proper use, fitting, etc?

Would you say that they can be just as harsh or even more harsh than some of the mechanical hackamores?
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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Here is a site that has some pretty good information.
The Hackamore

Also, you can look up Martin Black on youtube. He has got some really good videos.

However, no amount of DVDs or videos can compare to finding someone who knows how to properly use one that can teach you. They are not so much more or less harsh than mechanical hackamores, they are just different. The whole feel and use is different and you can get more finesse with a bosal than you could even dream of with a mechanical hack.
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Sorry for double post but I just wanted to add that most bosals come in the same size and you adjust it to fit your horse by adding and removing wraps with the mecate rein. More wraps make it smaller and fewer wraps make it bigger. Also, when looking to buy a bosal, make sure that it has a natural core; either rawhide or rope. Stay away from the cable core bosals as they cannot be shaped to the horse.

Here is another of his videos, this one is really good.

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Very interesting. I'll certainly do my research and try to find someone who knows what they're doing before utilizing any sort of hackamore. I don't think I'll be looking into it seriously for a while though. I just like to squirrel away info for my future referencing. ^_^ Thanks for sharing!
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I use an Indian Bosal on Stiffler. I was having a LOT of trouble with him and bits and come to find out, he works beautifully in a $15 indian bosal off ebay! I doubt I will ever go back to a bit again!

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