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post #1 of 7 Old 08-09-2013, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Bosals and s Hackamore: aren't they similar to eachother?

This is getting confusing between the two!

The horses at the ranch I go to ride with bosals which I think are awesome. John, the owner of the ranch who started the PTSD program (Combat Veterans Cowboy Up) doesn't use the bits because the people that used to ride didn't have soft hands.

But this hackamore and s hackamore...the just look that metal bosals with padding on the part that goes above the horse's nose. And those chains below...what's the purpose???
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This link might help explain things better than I ever could

Bosal and Hackamores-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship®

Where it says in part:

Bosals and Hackamores were originally used to start colts in training. Since untrained colts make many mistakes, a hackamore does not injure sensitive tissue in the colt's mouth and provides firm and safe control. The term Hackamore and Bosal are interchangeable, however, technically the Bosal is only the rawhide braid around the nose of the horse. The hanger and reins together with the Bosal completes the Hackamore.
Any sort of controlling head gear on a horse requires soft hands, bit or bitless because all of them have some portion that could cause some sort of damage to the horse.

Bits can rip mouths apart, the nose piece on a hackamore style can damage the soft tissue of the nose, Dr. Cook's bitless can cause damage in the poll area as that is where most of the pressure is on those style of bits.

Some folks ride in halters because there is little-to-no pressure on the horse's head.

All well and good, unless you're riding in bear and lion country. There is no way this side of the equator and back I would ride a horse in a halter, when I am riding in areas known to house the very predators that want to eat that horse for lunch

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Bosals - just this part

The Hackamore refers to the entire thing put together with the hanger (headstall) and reins (mecate or McCarty)

A mechanical hackamore - not at all the same thing.
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It looks like people are missing the "s" part of your "s hackamore" question

An S Hackamore (also called a Little S Hackamore) is very different from a bosal, although both are types of bitless bridles.

An S Hacakmore looks like this:

It works much like a curb bit does- that is, it works on leverage and requires the curb chain or curb strap to apply that pressure. It applies pressure on the nose, chin, and poll. It can be used with both direct and neck reining.

A bosal, on the other hand, does not have any leverage. It applies pressure on the nose only. I've never ridden in a bosal, but my understanding is that it is best used with neck reining.
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Ahhhhh now I get it!!! Thanks this seriously helped a lot! Lol
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Love this video! Great explanation
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