Bosal or Snaffle?

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Bosal or Snaffle?

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  • Is a bosal acceptable in western pleasure
  • Showing with a bosal or snaffle

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    03-26-2013, 08:30 PM
Bosal or Snaffle?

Which do you like better starting two year old?
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    03-27-2013, 11:22 AM
Snaffle.....I save the bosal for showing.
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    03-27-2013, 02:07 PM
I would say it all depends on your experience level. A bosal in my opinion is easier to screw up a horse with if you don't really know how to use it. Just like a snaffle can be very harsh if not used corectly. I think the next horse I start I'm going to give the hackamore( bosal) first a shots and forgo the snaffle. Just to see. The last one I started I started him in a snaffle then moved him to a hackamore and he's getting ready for the two rein. As soon as I get a bosalito for him. That being said I didn't even saddle him until he was 3 and some change. It was a timing thing and seemed to work ok. That's him in my avatar
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    03-28-2013, 10:50 AM
I prefer a sidepull for the first few rides. Then I put a snaffle bridle under the sidepull, just to get used to wearing a bit (reins still on sidepull only.) Then I move to snaffle bridle only.

Bosals are not in my personal repertoire, but I have nothing against them. Just remember to bump & release, not pull, when you use a bosal. It takes some getting used to for both horse & rider, IMO.

I do love the look of a western pleasure horse decked out in a lovely bosal & mecate in the show ring - something elegant about it.
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    03-28-2013, 09:44 PM
Snaffle...most shows you can't use any bittless bridles in most shows...there's a age limit
    03-28-2013, 10:14 PM
Green Broke
It really depends on the colt, you have to feel that out. Some horses are better off started in a bosal and some I like to put in a snaffle first. I usually do a couple of rides in a halter and a make a decision from there.
    03-28-2013, 10:19 PM
I broke my filly with a snaffle, but I did putz around on her in the hackamore before I had her wolf and canine pulled. Once those were out, the snaffle went in :)
    03-29-2013, 09:06 PM
This may be the one I break.

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    03-30-2013, 09:47 AM
Originally Posted by morganandme    
Snaffle...most shows you can't use any bittless bridles in most shows...there's a age limit
You can ride at AQHA shows in a bosal until the horse is 6. Horses are 6 are junior horses and either a bosal or a snaffle is acceptable. Horses 6 and over are senior horses and must be ridden in a shank.
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    03-30-2013, 02:33 PM
My home state goes to five for snaffles and bosals.

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