This is a picture of a Bosal/Hackamore with a hair rope Macate.
In this Western style of training a horse is introduced to bend and the neck is suppled and relaxed till the neck starts to drop and we are in the very
early stages of collection and frame.
At the same time the horse is learning to "step around" with their front end and begin to build lightness.
This setup is a very old system that was basicly brought to Spain by the invading Moors in around 720 AD.
The Spaniards brought the system to the New World with their horses.
The idea is to stay out of the horses mouth and save it for the work later on.
I grab this setup the most and if I am having a problem with anything to do with bending this is what I would like on the horse.
The snaffle is a good bit and I do use it,Just not all the time.
I feel that folks should be a little more open minded about the use of different bits and their use.
What would you think about going to a car mechanic to have your car worked on that had a tool box and it only had a
Hammer,a screw driver,and a pair of pliers in the box?