Manufacturer: Bitless Wonder
Model: Indian Rope Hackamore Bosal Sidepull
Category: Western Bridle Accessories
Purchase: I purchase these on ebay for ~$20 (including shipping). I originally purchased one for a young horse (3) that I had just acquired. Every time I put a bit in her mouth she would start tossing her head and acting up. I bought this as a "cheap" way to try bitless.
Likes: 1) I loved it so much that I bought two for my friends for Christmas, who also love it! My horse was better behaved from the minute I put it on her -- no more head tossing! 2) One of my friends has an Arab who likes to GO! This forces him to tuck his nose and stop instead of being able to brace against the bit and take off like he used to. 3) These are also quite good looking for the "cheap" bitless alternative. I have seen bitless rigs priced to $350 -- outrageous!
Dislikes: 1) There is some concern that maybe it doesn't "release" as well as a bit. I've never found this to be a problem with my mare. She is actually more sensitive now than she was with the bit, which she used to brace on. 2) After these have been around the barn for awhile and get some dirt in them they start to get stiff and that can perpetuate "release" issues. I've found a quick spin through the washing machine fixes that. 3) The rings get rusty after awhile no matter what you do and there is no way to change them out.
Quality: Except for the rings, which rust after awhile as I mentioned above, these are surprisingly well constructed! Mine has been ABUSED: kicked around in the barn aisle, chewed on, submerged in the river, through the washing machine a few times... and there is not a loose string anywhere!
Summary: I love this product. It's worked well for my horse. My friends, both of the English and Western variety, have purchased them. My trainer has purchased them. We have even competed in them. I would recommend them for anyone EXCEPT those who do very complex movements (reining, dressage, etc.) unless you have a sensitive horse and are willing to train extensively to leg cues. Otherwise, for hunters, speed eventers, weekend trail riders, and so on they are AMAZING!
Author: Tiffany Roberts
Usefulness Rating: 4.67347 out of 5.
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