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Hackamore V.S. Bosal V.S. Bitless Bridle


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Old 10-08-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Hackamore V.S. Bosal V.S. Bitless Bridle

The other day a friend and I were stuck in a vehicle together for hours and hours and hours and hours andů you get itů..

At one point we got on the subject of Bosals. I came to the relation that I have no knowledge of them. I have never rode a horse with one so I have no clue how they work.

I have rode several horses with a Hackamore and one horse with a Bitless Bridle.

Anyone out there like to give some direction/clarification/thoughts on the Bosal? Iĺd also like the comparison of how they work different then the Hackamore and the Bittless Bridle.


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Both the mechanical hackamore and bitless bridle work off of a restricting pressure on the head, basically on those you pull the rein and it squeezes their head. The bosal hackamore basically works off of direct pull, it doesn't collapse on the horse's head like the other two.


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Although I would argue the mechanical hack (depending on curb chain) isn't quite as squeezy as a bitless which is flat out squeezy. When I did ride a horse with a hackamore (Tbitt, you saw me barrel race that horse) it was a pretty loose curb chain and he was broke to using it more like a bosal.
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Really Mike? Is that all you are going to give me?


I am truly disappointed in you!
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Really Mike? Is that all you are going to give me?


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Sorry, I thought I'd just keep it simple. I agree with Lori, if I could only choose between bitless or mechanical, I'd take the mechanical. At least the mechanical has some built in play before pressure is engaged.
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So...

Would you rather have a bosal with bad hands or a bitless bridle with good hands?
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And then there's this:

http://www.doversaddlery.com/hackamore-noseband/p/X1-0853/#ProductTabs

(but you can make one yourself for a whole lot less)

Which acts more like a sidepull, so no worries about squeezing their heads (Mike is right -- the bitless bridles I've seen do have that function, and I could see where some horses might not like it at all)...and no complicated knotty things for those of us who just aren't any good at knot tying (or english riders who like to carry the reins a little less drapey than a bosal, which also sort of precludes a mech. hackamore -- another bit that I've seen horses really not like, although they had the curb adjusted not loose, so that could also have been an issue).

I've had some decent luck with my diy version of the above -- it would be better to have a horse that's totally cool with the bit, but life isn't perfect, and this has helped out a lot. I use it in conjunction with the reins on the snaffle (bonus: Nick gets to learn the feeling of two sets of reins while at the same time having something to guide Lola without bumping her oh so sensitive little mouth, and it cost me less than $10 to make -- winning!).

Stupid question perhaps: hey Mike, what about this "bumping" signal effect I've heard about with bosals; how does that factor in, or is this a myth?
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Good hands beats bad hands any way you look at it. Bad hands can hurt and dull a horse with anything on his head.*

So I have a question, can you have good hands without having a good seat and legs?
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Sure, if you aren't holding the reins.

Or your hands are rubber banded to the pommel
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Having ridden several horses in both mechanical hacks and bit-less bridles, I LOVE me a mechanical hack. You can be so much softer and get a response than you can a bit-less.

Just my .02.


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