I want to put my horse in a bosal: Tips?
Well I live in Australia, and where I live I only know one person who rides western, and they ride in a bridle, so. I want to put my gelding in a bosalÖ He pretty much rides off my seat and leg now, and because itís so dry here they are all getting cracked lips from carrying a bit. I hardly touch the reins when Iím out on the trail, so I would really like to put him in a bosal for trails, then back to the snaffle for training/competition.
So do any of you ride in a bosal/have experience teaching a horse in a bosal? What thickness would be good for him to start out in, and what are some things to look out for when buying one, to make sure I donít get a dud, as I will probably have to buy one through the internet? Is there any major change in how I would ride/steer him in it?
Also, will riding him long and low in a bosal a lot have any impact when I have the snaffle on and ask him to take up the contact/ride into it?
Any help would be appreciated!