Monday, January 28, 2013
Going Bitless Is A Breeze
Perhaps it's just a fluke. Hmm, nope, not a fluke. Thought finding the right bitless option would be more of a... process?
Anyone heard of an Indian Bosal before? I had not, before my journey of Google-searching for various types of bitless bridles. Well, I broke down and ordered one last week.. actually two (hey if I'm paying shipping on one I might as well order a second in case I like them.. I do have several horses you know!). I have this problem with purchasing things where I throw all mathematical logic away and then convince myself that it would be better to order more than I currently need in order to save on paying shipping again later (that is if I even like what I ordered).
I'll just leave that one with saying that I have a lot of duplicates of things, many of which I will never need/use/buy again (hey, anyone looking for some great priced and much loved used tack message me).
One factor that played into me trying out the Indian Bosal first was the great price. It costs me $75 to fill my car up with gas once she's on empty (turbo engine, gotta put premium in there...) so really anything coming in under the cost of a tank of gas (plus shipping, which is where they get ya ;)) I can usually handle splurging on for the sake of experimentation.
Second, was that I could use my existing headstall because all I'm paying for is the noseband portion for control. This meant I didn't have to relegate tack that already works (the headstall) to some storage box with all the other tack that is now obsolete for me.
.. I was having a really hard time swallowing the idea of paying well over $100 (again!) for a bitless bridle (like the Dr. Cook) that I didn't know would/wouldn't work. Sure, I could buy the less expensive version but I'm rather fond of leather, and if I'm already forking over a tank of gas I may as well fork over two and get the better quality version (see how despondent my purchasing logic has become?! I blame this on my addiction for horses wherein we quickly learn to throw logic to the wolves and buy yet another horse.. ahem, curly, despite the fact that we already own 2+ perfectly well functioning and suited curlies already).
Okay, back to my original point of the story.
Package came in the mail today, and it being a false spring day (30+ degrees, yay for the water hydrants finally thawing), it was the perfect opportunity to saddle up my pony (i.e. Jobi) and test out this new piece of tack.
And enter the phrase "complete success."
It helped that I tended to his hoof needs a few days before so there were no hesitations on his part due to his hooves. He walked off in complete relaxation (has never happened since he's been back home). Actually offering to stretch down on his own without any asking on my part (yay!). Halt was perfect (gotta test that out of course), trotted off completely relaxed as in stretching out, back up and round (double yay!).
Then came the big test... dun dun dunnnnn! Canter of course silly.
Which he moved into straightaway with very little effort and on the first request. Relaxed, round, reaching out and stretching with his neck (something he has not always been apt to do even before he left, he would relax but always tended to hold himself in a bit rather than reaching down and out).
Lots of big sighs from him during the ride as well.
So overall, I'm smitten with this new tool. I think Jobi might be as well. Is it wrong that I'm now mentally assembling a list of horse friends I want to purchase an Indian Bosal for and just "secret sasquatch" it to them in the mail?
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