Sometimes your tack can be confusing or downright fustrating. Let our tips and 'how to' help you out.
Bosal and Mecate Reins
Hold the bosal with the heel knot to the right.
Begin by taking the tassel end of the mecate and placing it down through the V of the bosal, fig. 1. Wrapping towards the nose band (fig.2&3) make 1, 2 or 3 wraps, usually 2 wraps for an average size horse.
Bring a loop (fig. 4), up through the bosal, this loop will be the reins. After making sure the reins up are straight and do not twist, secure them with another wrap (fig. 5). Complete the last wrap (fig. 6 and 7) by placing the tail between the reins and the final wrap, pull snug. If completed correctly, the reins will come out of the top and the lead and tassel are on the bottom when held in this position.
How to Tie a Rope Halter on the Horse
The knot needs to be on the bottom over the loop and not on top over the head rope.
If the halter is tied to low you risk damaging the horse's nose bone.
Tying a Lead with a Slipknot
How to Tie a Western Latigo
- Reach under the horse's belly and grasp the cinch with your left hand. Make sure the cinch is lying flat against the horse's belly and isn't twisted.
- Insert the latigo through the cinch ring from the belly side of the horse out. Pull the latigo completely through until it is snug, but not tight, as shown in Image 1. Make sure the latigo is lying flat and isn't twisted.
- Run the latigo through the saddle dee ring, from the outside in. Pull the latigo completely through and to the left of the dee ring as shown in Image 2. Your latigo should be snug, but not tight. You will tighten the straps after your knot is tied.
- Depending on the length of your latigo, you may have to take an additional wrap or two. If so, just repeat steps 2 and 3.
- With a cinch buckle, you'll follow steps 1 through 4 above. Instead of creating the knot, however, you'll take the loose end back through the cinch ring and hook one of the latigo holes on the buckle tongue as shown in Images 3 and 4. Make sure you pull down on the top latigo layer so that the tongue lodges against the ring as shown in Image 5. This is what locks the latigo in place.
- The end of the latigo can either hang loose, if it's short enough, or can be fed through the latigo holder as shown in Image 6. A long latigo left hanging can be annoying or frightening to a horse. Plus, it just looks untidy hanging there.