foal halter nylon or leather?

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    12-09-2009, 05:00 PM
foal halter nylon or leather?

Which is better for the foal? I have a nice leather halter that I got from my barn. I was just wondering if the leather is better than nylon, and why or why not.
Thanks for any info!
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    12-09-2009, 05:02 PM
Try asking your trainer I bet he/she would know because I dont
    12-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Whichever you use don't leave it on when you're not handling the horse.
    12-09-2009, 05:05 PM
Green Broke
I would bet either one would be fine. But I would use a breakaway if I had a foal, because they break the easiest if the foal got tied up or anything.
    12-10-2009, 03:59 AM
I use nylon because that's all I've found for mini foals... I never leave halters on when I'm not around so I dont' worry about it being nylon.
    12-10-2009, 06:55 AM
For just general handling of a foal, both would be suitable. I like leather ones, but its personally up to you.
If you however leave the foal out with a halter on, make sure its a good quality break away halter.
    12-10-2009, 08:59 AM
We use nylon breakaways for turnout- especially when they're first halter broke at about a week, because it's hard to get it on/off in the field, so we just leave them on.

We only use leather for shows, breed inspections and sales.
    12-10-2009, 09:47 AM
I hate breakaways on foals. If you're just wearing it in the field... ok fine. BUT when theyre young they arent going to leave thier mother so there really isnt reason to leave a halter on them turned out at all. And by the time that they do leave their mother, you should be able to halter them at any point anywhere and lead them.

Breakaways cause too much trouble when learning to tie and lead and such. If it breaks once when they throw a tantrum, guess what, they just learned how to get out of doing something they don't want to do. You may not think they break that easy, but they really do. It makes breaking a young horse a nightmare. I wont use them.

As for nylon or leather, it doesnt really matter. Me personally, I use nylon because its cheaper and you go through a few halters with foals because they grow so fast.
    12-10-2009, 01:11 PM
Ok, thanks for the info. I will use my leather when training, but I think I am going to leave the halter off. I can't be sure that the halter will always be off since I board Sonya and the barn owners kind of do what they want. They are the reason Sonya is preggers...
    12-10-2009, 01:21 PM
Wow i'd find a new barn. But we used a nylon halter for the same reason as AlmagroN. She grew way fast even for a pony.

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