Introduction: Rope and Paracord Bosal or Indian Side Pull

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No joke, when I started riding, I always rode with a hackamore. When I rode a horse, someone else's horse that is, I didn't know how to put a bit in a horse's mouth. This is a continuation of my series, saving money by making your own, horse tack.

Step 1: Things You Will Need:

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Rope, paracord, cutting intersterment of choice, flame and two rings.The rings can be found at Wally World or any hardware store.

Step 2: Nose Band

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Cut and seel 27 inches of rope. Remember, melted rope is like napalm!

Step 3: Make Loops

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Double each end over 4 inches. Whip to form a loop. (Whipping instructions can be found in my rope halter instructable.)

Step 4: Paracord

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Cut 26 inches of paracord. You will need two, 26 inch pieces. One for each end. This measurement is for the survival bracelet pattern I am trying out. Dont forget to seel the paracord after its cut.

Step 5: Loops

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Don't run away.....again

Step 6: Nose Loop in Detail

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Tie an overhand knot with paracord just below the one inch mark on the doubled over rope. Then follow the over under pattern used in a survival bracelet. This will be done to each end.

Step 7: Completed Nose Loop

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Step 8: The Metal Rings

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The rings will be put on another length of rope. This piece should be 46 to 50 inches in length. They will be made the same way the nose band loops were made. Double over 4 inches and tie with 26 inches of paracord.

Step 9: Putting It All Together

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Cut 130 inches of paracord. Use the same survival bracelet pattern to connect the two pieces of rope. You will need to center the short rope on the longer one. Plan on 10 inches of paracord wrapping. The clips help keep everything in place once centered.

Step 10: Complete

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Just cross the rings through the opposite loop. Your reins will attach to the rings. Happy riding and thanks for the time!


AllThingsAnimals (author)2017-08-02

I don't have any normal rope right now. Can I use only paracord for this bosal?

i would be worried about cutting your horse's mouth or chin with thin line.

Ya, that's what I was worried about. In the end, I found some thicker rope and made it. It's really awesome, and I use it on my mare a lot!

Thanks for an awesome Instructable! :)

good idea!

Tess15 (author)AllThingsAnimals2017-11-02

I just braided three strands of paracord and it work perfect!

LiaA7 made it! (author)2017-07-12

made it and tried it it worked fine my horse reacted very good on it. I have never ridden bitless before. Thank you for the great tutorial.

lastrom1 (author)LiaA72017-08-13


BlueRiding71 (author)2016-11-12

Would You be willing to sell them? i dont have any of the right kinds of rope.

lastrom1 (author)BlueRiding712017-01-11

i sold a few. they really are not that difficult to make.

I think it will work for the horse i'm training. He is just about ready to start riding.

TressaM (author)2016-04-20

Love this thank you where can i find the bigger rope in other colors if you know

lastrom1 (author)TressaM2016-04-20

lastrom1 (author)TressaM2016-04-20

I got the rope in the picture at Tractor Supply in 50 or 100 ft (I can't remember the length. ) Then I wised up and ordered solid braid derby rope in bulk online as it was much cheaper. Lowes or Home Depot might have it as well. It really doesn't matter just so it's good quality, solid rope.

quiltncowgirl made it! (author)2016-02-14

Thanks so much for this great tutorial! I just finished my first one and can't wait to try it tomorrow. I used 3/8" black double braid with turquoise paracord for the accents. The only thing I added was waxed cord stitching under the paracord on all four loops for strength. Happy trails!

lastrom1 (author)quiltncowgirl2016-02-14

thanks! let me know how it preforms. saw them in a tack shop and stared making them. haven't used one yet. its been a little chilly here in the south.

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