DYI Bosal Shaping – Another use for a kettlebell

It’s an inside day here in Texas with 70 mile an hour winds forecasted for today.  I decided to shape a bosal I’ve had for awhile now but never used.  

Bosal before shaping

Bosal before shaping

Do you see how narrow the bosal tapers down to the knot at the bottom?  This is not ideal.  We want the bosal to fit without pinching or gapping around the horses head and nose.  With some mindful shaping we can make this bosal fit our horse.

  1. Using a 1/2″ nylon rope we tied the bridle notches together. This will help shape the nose of the bosal around the nose of the horse. It is important to keep the bosal centered and balanced when tying. We don’t want to shape our bosal lopsided as it would effect our communication with our horse. 
  2. The sides of the bosal are too narrow and could pinch my horses face. To expand the sides of the bosal to fit I need to place something that opens up the sides. The purple object in the middle is my kettleball. I couldn’t find any blocks appropriate for shaping but fortunately the kettlebell is similar to the shape I’m aiming for.
  3. Lastly I took the extra unused part of the rope and tied it around the base to keep the bosal knot tight. I will keep the bosal tied up for the next 3-4 days and check my progress.

Bosal shaping in progress

Tools used:

Bosal that needs shaping

1/2″ pliable rope (Unfortunately, my son had used up all the hay string or I would have used it)

Kettlebell or block

 

*A kettlebell is a portable exercise tool and comes in various weights

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