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    All I ride my mule in is a hackamore

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    I'm a Bosal and Mecate guy - My family has been starting, finishing and refining our working saddle horses with Bosals and Mecates for 5 generations now and will continue to do so unless future generations evolve to something else. It's what has proven best for our horses, style of riding and work, but is not necessarily the answer for everyone.
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    I ride and start my horses in a true hackamore. The rawhide braided kind, not mechanical. I then move up to the two rein and hopefully onto a solid bit. Maybe someday I'll be up to ride in a spade but for now just a frog mouth bit. However all my horses are completely reliable if I drop back into the hack or two rein. That being said I don't ride to much in the backcountry simply because of where I live.

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    I ride my broke horses in a mechanical Hackamore. I ride green ones in a snaffle. My broke horses can be ridden in a halter and I have in an emergency but I have more control (better handle) with the mechanical hackamore.

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    Rode bitless today and it went pretty well. Keep ya updated as I progress with it..
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    The only time my horses are not in a bosal is if I am in the show ring or roping. A set of spurs is far more valuable than a bit.

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    I would simply use whatever offers you the most comfort and the best control of your horse. For me its a simple d ring snaffle usually.

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    I usually ride in either a D or O ring snaffle. If I am feeling a bit spunky I will just use a rope halter and lead rope on my crazy mare but that is just for the arena or round pen.

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