Heavy hand braided rawhide. This is braided over a solid rawhide core. Show legal! 3/4" diameter. Horse size.
Bosals are used on younger western horses and traditionally are one of three parts of a hackamore set. A hackamore consists of the bosal hanger which is a leather strap either plain or with silver or rawhide accents, mecate reins, generally horsehair but may be made of other materials, and the bosal. The bosal works off of pressure on the nose and the heel or knot. The knot on the bosal that hangs below a horse's jaw is an important part of the bosal. This knot provides some weight, so that when the rider touches the mecate the horse will feel that movement due to the weight of the knot. It is very important when using a bosal to use a pull and slack method. Consistent pulling will deaden a horse's nose and reduce the effectiveness of the bosal.
In traditional vaquero training for western horses they will be started with a snaffle bit, then moved into a bosal, and finally into a full bridle with a shanked bit.
Bosals are very important in continuing a horse's training during their early years while leaving their mouth, and their changing teeth, alone.