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post #1 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Halter on a horse displayed on the HF banner...

Ok this has been bugging me for a while...



What is up with the halter on this horse? Is there a purpose for it to be so close to the eyes? I have not seen anything of this kind before.
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 02:39 PM
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That is not halter it is some type of bosal or even a tie down
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That is not halter it is some type of bosal or even a tie down
Ah! I just looked them up. Interesting. Do they not interfere with the nerves around the horse's eye? I'd be afraid of damaging something there.
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Nah, it just sorta hangs off their poll. There's no pressure pushing in if you will. Those are commonly used for training purposes in starting a young horse, if I understand correctly. Some folks never graduate their horses out of one and trail ride in them.


We didn't start Oops with one - just used a training halter (the rope type with the knots on the nose piece) and tied the long lead rope up like mecate reins her first few rides, before moving to a mullen mouth (next ride she gets a ring snaffle) so not everyone uses them.


I DID wonder the same thing though, @akihba ! For a long time I wondered and finally stumbled over the answer apart from HF. LOL
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Good to know! Thanks @AtokaGhosthorse . I think I personally prefer the look of a rope halter to a bosal. But hey, whatever works! (as long as it's used correctly, of course.)
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I'm kind of thinking that that strap may not be correctly placed as it is....
It is not a piece of tack I've used but have seen other pictures of this equipment and the strap was not that close to appear to be touching the eye corner.
Looks very tight against/behind the ears too so
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I'm kind of thinking that that strap may not be correctly placed as it is....
It is not a piece of tack I've used but have seen other pictures of this equipment and the strap was not that close to appear to be touching the eye corner.
Looks very tight against/behind the ears too so
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The way the bosal seems to be set up... Wouldn't it pull the noseband up if it was tight behind the ears? Just wondering aloud as I have no experience with this piece of tack either.

Some photos pulled off google of a horse wearing a bosal:




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A lot of the delicate ones fit like that. Iím not sure quite why. I was happy to find a set up for a little bosal that fit a bit further behind the eye for my husbandís mare to step up to two rein in.

I donít think it is a bother to the horse anyways, most are that way.

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It's not a halter, it's a bosalito and you ride with it. Usually it fits under a spade bit and can be used during the two-rein phase, or secured to the rider or saddle on a bridle horse.
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LOL... since the horse and set up in question is mine I'll be more than happy to answer questions or explain a few things!

The first picture below shows the original photo. Photo has taken at a horse show.
It is a hackamore setup, since it is a 9/16" bosal it is technically a hackamore. 3/8" and smaller would be considered a bosalita or under bridle intended to be used under a bit, the two rein. (2nd picture)

This 9/16" was the last hackamore I used before moving Stilts to the two rein. This bosal has a shorter nose button causing the hanger to come closer to the eye. The shorter nose button creates a faster release than a longer nose button. The paint horse pictured above with the longer nose button which I feel is a poorly balanced bosal. Typically with the shorter nose button if it causes the hanger to come close to the eye you can use a piece of string to tie the sides down. Think like an oddly placed throat latch as it goes under the jowls rather than the throatlatch.

The hanger is not tight nor is it causing him any discomfort. It is made of a very thin piece of latigo. It is maybe 3/32" thick and 3/8" wide. It sits close to the skin. The idea behind using such a thin hanger is for flexibility, letting the bosal to move freely. Using a regular headstall which is rigid limits the motion and muddles the signal.
Also if I were to get in a wreck the latigo hanger should break and not tear up a $400 bosal or $150 mcCarty. The latigo hanger can be cheaply and easily replaced.
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