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post #1 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Nylon vs. Rope Halters

I was thinking a few days ago about halters (deep, I know). And one thing that came to mind with it is how it seems, in my part of the world , that the type of halter used depends a lot on demographics, discipline and breed.
So I thought it'd be interesting to kind of get a bit of a discussion going about the types of halters we all use.

The type of halter I use depends mostly on the horse. I come from a rather large cattle ranch in North Dakota, so we have quite a few horses. We also have Arabians and Tennessee Walking Horses (odd for ranch horses, I know lol). My three main horses are an 8 year old arab gelding, 14 year old arab gelding, 28 year old arab gelding, and a 5 year old TWH.

For the 8 year old and the 5 year old I use rope halters. This is mainly because the 5 year old has problems with ground manners and we find it easier to "control" her with a rope halter because it has more of a "bite" to it. While my 8 year old on the other hand is down right afraid of nylon halters because of the clinking noise they make (this is due to an accident when he was very young).

The two older geldings we use nylon halters. I honestly think this is just because my mother prefers nylon halters (she thinks they look nicer) and they really have no real need for a rope halter.

So your turn! What type of halter do you use on your horses?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 05:15 AM
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We've never used anything but nylon halters, from the seasoned ones down to the foals. No particular reason, just never had a problem using them with any of our horses.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 05:23 AM
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In an idea world, I'd have a PVC halter, rope halter and leather halter. I'm still missing the leather one (my budget doesn't allow - blah).

- rope for leading, groundwork and whatnot. Especially in spring, when Brock gets very studdish, and needs a few good sharp jerks to get his mind back on me.

- PVC for tying - will do less poll damage than rope if he pulls back. Not that I really need to tie anymore, because he groundties. But I occasionally tie to braid his mane or something similar that takes a longer time and where it's best if he's as still as possible. And farriers generally like a horse to be tied.

- Leather for trailering. It'll break in an emergency and stop him from getting hung up on it. But he gets trailered maybe once a year at the moment so not much point spending close on $100 on one.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 05:40 AM
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Rope halters for everything but trailering.

I like them better. They fit most horses, easy to put on, to take off, light, simple. Good with ground work. I tie with rope halters, but the clip I use between lead on halter is a pretty weak one, will bend with little pressure.

However I don't like some of cheap halters, they're all scratchy and not fitted right. I buy all my halters from this small business that has an online store and they're custom fit and brilliant.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 06:36 AM
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We use nylon or leather halters for everyday handling. We use rope halters for training if needed and under the bridle on longer trail rides or if we know that we will be stopping for a break during the ride.
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I grew up using leather halters. That was just the standard in hunters and racing. Then when I started ranching, nylon was more available and had nothing but them. When I got into polo I started using rope halters because the horses had to wear them over their bridles for a bit while waiting to be played, and the rope halters could be made roomier to accommodate that.
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My horse isn't pushy and is extremely good at groundwork, so I use any kind on her.
But on young horses or ones who need to learn some manners,or even ones I don't know, I use rope. I love the way a good rope halter has so much feel so you know what the horse is doing when your not looking at him. Ropes halters have saved my butt more than a few times!
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 09:39 AM
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i tie my own rope halters from Lowes 1/4 inch line. Light and no hardware, seem simple under the headstall. Which are designed to work with a rope halter.
depending on horse I only use a nylon halter to cross tie for the farrier.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 09:53 AM
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I use them like EvilHorse described. The nylon halter is my horse's everyday halter that gets left at his stall for barn staff to turn him out, and me to cross tie him while tacking up. For groundwork I use a rope halter (and longer lead with a leather popper), and for trailering I use a leather halter (even though I generally don't tie in the trailer)
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