Horse Bosals For Sale
Below are bosals and related items, like mecates and hangers, for sale. Please scroll down for our article "What Is A Horse Bosal?"
Below: A horse in a rawhide bosal.
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What Is A Horse Bosal?
A bosal is a piece of equipment put on a horse's head for riding. A bosal, when used with a hanger and mecate, is called a hackamore. The three main parts of a hackamore are:
- The hanger (sometimes called a headstall, this is the part that goes over a horse's head, behind the ears).
- The mecate (reins, traditionally made from horse hair).
- The bosal. The bosal goes around the nose of the horse, and has a knot at the back.
Typically, a bosal is used for training. Although a horse trainer will always have his or her own way of doing things, it is common for an unbroke horse to be started in a snaffle bit, then graduated to a bosal. When the horse is advanced in the bosal, it will often then be ridden in both a bosal and a curb bit, then ultimately ridden in a curb bit alone.
However, it is not written in stone that a horse's training progresses in this manner. For example, some people start a horse in a bosal (as opposed to a snaffle) and/or a horse doesn't necessarily have to "graduate out" of a bosal: Some riders use a bosal all throughout the horse's riding career.
Pictured below: A Bosal on a roan horse.
Bosals are commonly made from rawhide braided over a core also made of rawhide. You can sometimes find a bosal with a metal core, but most professionals despise these as being too rigid and wouldn't consider using this type.
Bosals also have a knot at the back, behind a horse's chin. The knot provides weight so that when a rider touches the reins the shift in weight is noticeable to the horse. Bosals come in a wide variety of diameters, with the largest diameters usually used on the greenest (most inexperienced) horses and the smaller diameters on more advanced horses.
Pictured below: The same bosal as shown above.
Save The Bosal For Later
If you find a bosal for sale on Etsy that you like but you're not ready to purchase it right away, you can always add it to your shopping cart so it will be easy to find later.
- In most cases, Etsy will keep track of items in your cart for 30 days.
- In the meantime, if you want to check out with other items you can click on "Save for later" to move specific items to a separate, but still easy-to-find list beneath your shopping cart.
- Also, if you put items into your Etsy shopping cart but don't check out after 30 days, Etsy will automatically move your items to the "Save for later" area beneath your cart. When you're ready to actually purchase any of these items, simply click "Move to cart" to put them back into your shopping cart and check out.
Important: Putting items in your Etsy shopping cart or "Save for later" list does NOT reserve them! It just makes them easier to find if they're still available when you come back.
Below: Screenshot image showing the "Save for later" and "Remove" links when an item is in the Etsy shopping cart.
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