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    03-01-2009, 10:28 PM
  #1
Weanling
Leather Halter for Turnout

Note: I don't want any lectures on the dangers of turning horses out with halters. I know and I prefer to turn them out without them but if I don't put my own on my horse, the BO will just put one of hers on him.

With that said.
I have a leather halter my old BO helped me find. I'm not sure if it's really meant for turnout, but it's a thick triple stitched leather halter. The top is thin enough that it would probably break away if he got caught.
Would/should I be able to use it for turn out?
It was like $40 bucks, but I really don't want to see it torn apart within like, three days.
It was supposed to be a "show halter" but I don't show much, and I could probably just clean and oil it before a show if I really needed one.

I don't know the brand.

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    03-02-2009, 12:16 AM
  #2
Showing
Get a halter designed for turnout; the leather will be very thin.
If the leather is thick and triple stitched, it is not turnout quality. You WANT a halter to break if the horse is turned out in it.
     
    03-02-2009, 01:09 AM
  #3
Yearling
They have plenty of nylon halters that have leather pieces on the crowne (... is that the correct name for it?). The part that goes behind the horse's ears. ;) They're a lot cheaper, and if the horse breaks the leather piece, they have cheap replacement ones!

I think they have them at horse.com and places like that, so it shouldn't be too hard to find one at all!
     
    03-02-2009, 02:04 AM
  #4
Started
They're called breakaway halters by the by... so you can run your searches under that.
     
    03-02-2009, 08:08 AM
  #5
Weanling
No I know about breakaway halters.. I just think they're ugly to be honest.
My leather halter has a thin crown piece.. it's just the sides that are triple stitched. Does that still mean it wouldn't be able to be used as a turnout?
Or should I just get a cheap leather turnout?
     
    03-02-2009, 09:10 AM
  #6
mls
Trained
PLEASE put a halter designed to break away on your horse. Even the 'safest' turnout has potential catch hazards.

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    03-02-2009, 09:53 AM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
PLEASE put a halter designed to break away on your horse. Even the 'safest' turnout has potential catch hazards.

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Right.. that is what I am essentially asking. Is if I could use my leather halter because the top is thin enough to break.
The BO doesn't use breakaways which is why I want my own.
     
    03-02-2009, 10:18 AM
  #8
Trained
Yes, if the top of your leather halter is breakaway, then it can be used for turnout.

Most people use the nylon/leather crown because the leather halters are more expensive and the rain & mud and weather will ruin their nice halter.

If you want to use what you have then that's fine as long as the crown is meant to break away.

I wouldn't use it if it's thick all over.
     
    03-02-2009, 10:59 AM
  #9
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero    
No I know about breakaway halters.. I just think they're ugly to be honest.
My leather halter has a thin crown piece.. it's just the sides that are triple stitched. Does that still mean it wouldn't be able to be used as a turnout?
Or should I just get a cheap leather turnout?
Which is better? Your horse in a less than attractive halter for turnout or $$ in vets bills - or worse?

If your halter is not designed to break away - it is not meant to be a turnout halter.
     
    03-02-2009, 11:13 AM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
Which is better? Your horse in a less than attractive halter for turnout or $$ in vets bills - or worse?
Either way I'm not getting a nylon breakaway halter. I'll either use the leather one I have now or get him a leather turnout that is yes, designed to break away.
Which is what I'm thinking I'm going to do, is get a full leather turnout halter. Designed to break away.
I have nothing at all against breakaway halters, so long as they aren't.. nylon. :)
Though the nylon ones with the little leather attachments under the buckle are okay I suppose. I'd rather just get a completely leather one though. I like matching.
     

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