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post #1 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question about rawhide bosals?

I was thinking of using one to start my girly after xmas but im not sure about it.
I ride english but we are going down the bitless route I've ridden her in a rope halter for like 5 mins and that was just asking for go and stop, she was fine and she's verry responsive on the ground, so would she be responsive with a bosal?.

Does it apply pressure evenly-ish if you ask the horse to flex to the right or left?

What are the ups and downs?

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 06:45 AM
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What do you mean start? I am not sure about them myself but asked this question earlier. But I have a two year old and was told to go with a sidepull as it is not harsh.
She is good also with a rope halter and lead. Doing flexion side to side and very good with responsiveness.
You should get the same response out of a bosal as you are with a rope halter. It will be a different feel for her, so go easy. Someone here probably has better advice but I hope I helped a bit.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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By start I mean break, she's partialy broke, like go, stop, left, right, at a walk but I've left her for a while so she can grow, im going to carry on after xmas. Lol

I was thinking of getting one and doing lots of gound work with it first, and get her super responsive to it first,

But as a long term bitless bridle how does it do ?
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If you have never used one and you don't have someone that is really good to help you then you would be better off not using it. If you ride English it would be even less wise because if you keep contact with a bosal your horse will soon start to ignore it. I'm not a fan of "going bitless" but if you're going to ride english then use english tack.

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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... harsh .. sure when im at college I ride 'english' and I've trained dressage, but over the years I've developed my own 'style' with my horses and I don't ride them with much contact, and in a bitless bridle I ride with loose rein, just cues, leg aids and such, I DO know what im doing, I was just asking about the bosal, a bosal can't be any harsher than a rope halter, so don't act like its an evil training device for pro's only.

Just because I ride with a english saddle it dosent mean that I murder my horses mouth all of the time and it dosent mean that I havnt taght our horses to neck rein ... I ride HORSES!!
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 05:29 PM
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It wasn'tmeant to be harsh just realistic. A bosal can be a lot "harsher" than a rope halter. It's made out of rawhide and has a twisted raqwhide or rope core that gives it a lot of rigidity. I know many fine horseman that don't use a bosal because they don't know the intricacies of how to use it correctly.

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-08-2010, 08:45 PM
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I am going to have to agree with Kevin. Unless you have someone to help you that is experienced with training horses using a bosal, then you would be better off looking at other options. A bosal is really easy to either hurt a horse with or teach them to ignore it and it must be used properly or you risk one or both of those problems.

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I moved my mare from a bit to a rope halter and it made a MASSIVE difference. After awile I wasn't getting the finess I wanted with the halter and bought a bosal. HUGE difference! Smrobs and Kevin are right about it being harsher, however if your careful and have it adjusted properly they're wonderful. Don't let them discourage you, they are just trying to help. However do be aware that they come in different amounts of stiffness, mine was bendable and not very harsh whereas we have others that are hard as a rock. I wrapped mine in vet wrap to make it softer and evetually bought a fleece cover to prevent rubbing. Good luck with whatever you choose! (:
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ETA: I also taught the beginnins of collection and began rounding my mare using a bosal and never had a problem with her learning to ignore. However I also gave her plenty of release and she was always insanely soft and sensitive.

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-09-2010, 11:43 PM
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IM all for BITLES !!! My horse never really liked bits ever since I got him and every trainer I went to told me to try this bit, or try this bit.. blah blah blah and none worked so a month ago I tried using a mechanical hackamore on my TB and he loves it!! Way more responsive, better at jumping... its worth the try
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-10-2010, 05:52 AM
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If you have never used one and do not have an trainer experienced with them, than stay away and stick with the side-pull. It's not just about light contact etc; there are many intricacies that go along with the hackamore. A bosal can be much more severe than a rope halter as well. If a rope halter or side-pull is working for you, maybe stick with that.

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