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post #1 of 5 Old 07-18-2011, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Making a halter smaller:

I apologize for the extremely dumb question, but what do you use to punch additional holes in a nylon halter? I have a SMALL HORSE halter for Levee, but he's still too small to fit it. However, his head is too big for a large pony halter. So, I need to punch some additional holes, but I'm having a hard time making said holes.

I've tried a knife, screw driver and nail, but nothing makes a nice, clean hole that buckles nicely. I'm thinking of taking the halter to a leather repair shop and asking them to punch some holes for me, but I wanted to ask here first...

What do you use to make holes in your too-big nylon halters?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-18-2011, 12:27 AM
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You need a burner of some sort--like a wood burner (purchased for like $10 at a craft store) or even a really hot nail.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-18-2011, 12:35 AM
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My dad used a screwdriver ( I think ) to make a hole and then her cut most of the frayed " hairs " from the hole and held a bbq lighter so it wasn't even touching the halter. Whatever works to punch a hole is fine, but that's my method of uh, melting a better hole.... Lol!
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-18-2011, 03:06 AM
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I use a decently long nail, a pair of pliers, and a gas stove. Use the pliers to hold the nail so it doesn't burn your hand, put the nail in the flame of the stove until it is glowing a muted reddish color, then burn as many holes as you need, re-heating if necessary. After I'm done, I run the nail/pliers under cold water for a minute just to make sure they don't burn the counter when I set them down and I'm done.

I'm sure a wood burner would work just as well or better, but I never had access to one so I had to improvise .

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-18-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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The hot nail worked great, thanks!

Funny story: I was doing this at 5:30am. My boyfriend wandered out of our bedroom, looked at what I was doing, sighed and said, "Normally, I'd ask what someone was doing with a lighter and a nail, but I'm not even going to bother. Don't burn or stab yourself."
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