My fmaily bought a gelding a few years ago that I have recently been working on softening, as he is extremely hard mouthed because someone once upon a time messed his mouth up...really bad. He had been in a full cheek snaffle, and hates it. I've been mainly focused on working with him since I show him in 4H and any western horse over the age of 4 must have a shanked bit. This gelding hates any bit, but rides really well in a rope halter and even better with only a neck rope. I have recently been thinking about things from his point of view, and I know that "if the horse ain't happy, then the rider ain't happy." So...I've thought about rawhide bosals...but what is your favorite type of hackamore/bosal?
Well, are you only looking for a bosal? Or are you looking for a hackamore? (BBoth terms seem to apply in differant areas, bosals being called hacakmores, but for the sake of clarification I'll use Bosal for bosal and hackamore for other hack options.)
Rawhide bosals for me are hard to pick out. I have to go to the tack shop and feel every single one for the softest leather possible, and most flexible nose piece possible. It's really a feel thing more so than a "type" or brand or maker or anything like that.
However, talking strictly hackamores, these are my two favorites particularly for speed events:
Little S Hackamore - The Tack Stop
Shanked Rope Sidepull 993 - The Tack Stop
^ I hate that they call the last one a sidepull, because it is NOT a sidepull, but I still like the action. I wrap the noses in vetwrap though instead of just using the rope.
I know close to nothing about actual hackamores. Is a horse that is used to being ridden in a curb bit best to be ridden in a shanked hackamore?
These are two that I am liking.
And the sidepull
The one on the pally is called an english hackamore and it's sitting too high. The sidepull in the bottom pic will quickly skin up the horse's nose. So will the hard rope sidepulls. The Indian bosal should be of a material that will release the scissor action quickly. Some makes very nice ones from fine plaited rawhide for about $125 in a few styles. I think if you google rawhide Indian bosal it will turn up. Nice to look at even if you don't buy one.
What are you looking to do with this horse? Are you goig to be showing? If so, which classes? That will greatly effect what is legal for you to use.
gymkhana, and trails, and reining. I know hackamores aren't legal in reining, but it's only 4H level.
Hackamores are legal on Junior horses. I'm not sure about 4H horses, for Eq. Team here it's horses 5 years of age and under can be shown in a hackamore (Which is a bosal in these terms, not something like the Little S or Ed Wright hackamores which have shanks.)
I had the same issue with my mare. She hated bits, shanked especially and I switched her to a Jim Warner hack and she does everything asked and is much more willing.
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