Rope and Paracord Bosal or Indian Side Pull

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Introduction: Rope and Paracord Bosal or Indian Side Pull

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:

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

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

Step 3: Make Loops

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

Step 4: Paracord

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

Don't run away.....again

Step 6: Nose Loop in Detail

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

Step 8: The Metal Rings

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

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

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

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How do you attach it to a headstall?

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Easy and cheap to make! I'm selling these on my Etsy account @EmilysBraidedTack

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Thanks for the pics! Sorry took so long to reply, i missed the emails showing i had replies.
It appears that I might have bought the wrong thickness of rope; can you tell me what thickness you used?

Could you tell me what the horse's nose measures that you use this on? How much slack should the be in the noseband before contact is made? And how does the headstall attach?
Making this for a friend...
Thanks bunches!

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its about 10 inches of braided paracord. the pictures that were just posted are great and the show how the head stall attaches

Thanks! Sorry it took so long to reply, i missed the emails showing i had replies. 
It appears that I might have bought the wrong thickness of rope; what size/ thickness is the rope you used?
Thanks again!

about 10 inches

The noseband is approximate 8-3/4". The slack depends on the horse, my mare didn't need much slack. I have a picture above if that helps to show how it is attach!

My mare loves it. I don't like ridding her in a bit all the time and this gives more control than a halter

Where can I find measurements for a draft horse?

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http://www.bandhropehalters.com/b-h-standard-rope-halter-sizing-and-measurements/ this might get you started. trial and error is the only other way. I would take some scrap rope and tape to make a model (not to be used for riding) then build a real one.

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! :)

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

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

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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.

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