Capriola braided bosal or hackamore is a tradition among “California Reinsmen”. The hackamore horse is ideally “light in the nose” responding to the slightest pressure. Also, using the horsehair reins or “Mecate” as we call it, the horse starts to neck-rein easily as it is prickly against his neck. According to traditions, you start your horse in the snaffle bit, break him well, then when the bridle teeth are coming in you go to the bosal.
Braided Rawhide Bosal 8 Plait
Available in 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4
Bosals are the nosepiece part of a hackamore outfit, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Hackamores were the old-time vaqueros’ tool of choice for starting colts, and are still preferred for the initial stages of training by some modern horsemen. No matter when utilized in the training process, the same principles apply. Larger diameter bosals are used at the beginning and as training progresses, increasingly smaller bosals are used since the advancing horse should require less contact area to initiate response. Good fit is imperative. Feel is facilitated by the combined weight of the heel knot and the wraps of the mecate tied above it.