Training a horse to show in a bosil

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Training a horse to show in a bosil

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    06-14-2008, 10:42 PM
Training a horse to show in a bosil


Does anyone know how you would start to train a horses in a bosil. She is green broken and I was just debating if I should show in a bosil or a bit.

1) should I show in a bosil and why???
2) Do you get more or less points if you show in a bosil, in western pleasure???
3) how do I start to train my horses in a bosil???

Hope you can help.
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    06-16-2008, 02:28 PM
You can show in either a snaffle bit or a bozal as long as the horse is under 5, and you won't earn additional points for showing in a bozal. I would suggest borrowing one or buying a cheap one and try working her in it before the show to make sure she'll go okay in it. They work pretty much the same as a snaffle (two hands on the reins), except it puts pressure on the nose instead of the mouth - you want to make sure your horse stops with your body and cues, and can turn off you leg before you move into though - otherwise, they will run right off! I would also suggest starting in a round pen or other controlled environment until she becomes responsive to it.
    06-16-2008, 02:34 PM
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I think the bosal makes it much much much easier to maintain a steady gait and headset, BUT... one thing to consider is that the bosal can cause your horse to have grey spots on his nose...

You have to have the stop before you move to the bosal and do not try to teach the lope in the bosal, teach the lope in a snaffle and then switch to the bosal...

I think it's just a matter of preference as far as showing... I'm trying to show in a bosal this year but I noticed the white areas just starting on my babies nose and I had a spaz attack so now I don't know if I'm going to or not....

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