breakaway vs. leather halters - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 10-19-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 6,166
• Horses: 5
breakaway vs. leather halters

OK -- I made a boo-boo today and didn't tie my horse properly and she couldn't break off when she spooked. Nor could I untie her quickly enough. So, I'm going to go get a new halter and USE it, but do I buy a breakaway or a leather one? The only time I use a halter is for tying and putting in a trailer (I don't tie in a trailer). They don't wear halters in the paddock unless I leave with one horse and the other is alone (and might try to look for us!)
NorthernMama is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 20 Old 10-19-2008, 10:08 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
I would get a breakaway. If it does break, it's a simple fix. Whereas if you get a leather and if it breaks, it could be any part that may not be a simple fix.
appylover31803 is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 09:06 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Delaware
Posts: 36
• Horses: 0
I personally like leather for the reason stated above. They can break at any point and to me that seems safer. The breakaways only break at the top, which in most cases would be fine but if the horse gets caught in someway, I would rather it break anyway possible and not risk injuring the horse. Then again, I am at a boarding barn where halters are left on in the field, so, if he gets it caught in a fence, I want it to break! I have never put a nylon halter on my horse.
clover is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 618
• Horses: 1
I can't think of any way that a horse could get it's halter caught and have a break-away NOT break away. I mean, I'm pretty sure that if any part of the halter breaks, there's going to be pressure on the crown. If you get a break away with a nice soft, thin suede crown piece it should be perfectly safe. Don't get the double-stitched, thick leather ones, they may break but they just seem like the horse would have to do a lot of yanking to get it to break.
kenda is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 12:02 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,172
• Horses: 2
both of them will get the job done; breakaways are easier to fix if they break. Leather may rot if it gets wet repeatedly and is not oiled.

Justin (qh/tb)
Boo (asb)
kickshaw is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 6,166
• Horses: 5
Guess I'll just go look and see what options are there and pick from that rather than breakaway vs. leather -- just get what I like. Thanks.
NorthernMama is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 02:39 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
I'd say a breakaway cause it's easier to fix and alot cheaper.
One thing though....if you get a breakaway get one with a FULL leather crown...not just the small piece by the buckle. I had one like that and yes it did break correctly...BUT I could NOT find a replacement part ANYWHERE so I had to buy a whole new one...hence the reason why I suggest a full crown's easier to find a replacement part
SonnyWimps is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 02:56 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 13,399
• Horses: 1
Yeah, I've always used break-away halters. :) They're pretty much the safest!

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 06:58 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,251
• Horses: 2
If you think safety is an issue for the horse, I would stay away from leather. I have only had 1 horse spook enough to break a halter and he was wearing a regular nylon halter at the time. It broke where it should have. I have never gone thru the same thing with a leather halter, so I won't be of any help

Promoting the beautiful Canadian Horse
my2geldings is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 10-20-2008, 07:41 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
I'm afraid that I don't agree with using a breakaway halter for anything but as a turnout halter (and I don't like haltering a horse in a turnout).

I use a rope halter when I tie my horse to a trailer or for any reason. A horse that learns it can break a halter many times becomes a habitual at it. I want my horse tied so that it can't get free unless I undo it. For that reason I try not to leave my horses alone and I always use a slip knot for fast uniting with me still having control. (There are, of course, times that they are alone such as on overnight rides, or when we stop for a lunch break, etc.)

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how many halters do you have? KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Tack and Equipment 52 02-08-2012 01:12 AM
Halters on or off? Vidaloco Trail Riding 60 01-19-2009 07:35 PM
Halters on or off? SpearJ Horse Talk 16 12-12-2007 11:38 PM
Leather Open Front Jumping boots, Hind leather ankle boots Painted1 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 9 11-07-2007 11:58 AM
LEATHER HALTERS KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Tack and Equipment 8 09-22-2007 06:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome