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post #1 of 4 Old 09-09-2011, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Rope Halters

I was working with Tana on a rope halter today, and something occured to me while I was backing her in reprimand for stepping forward when I did not want her to.

When you use things like Bosals, or hackmores, they too use nose pressure to move the horse because they don't have a bit to give cues to the horse.
If the person using the hackmore, or bosal isn't light handed, they can cause major damage to the cartiledge of the nose.

My concern is, when using a rope halter, considering that the nose piece isn't as thick as a regular halter's, could it, too, cause irrepairable damage to the cartiledge of the horse's nose?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-09-2011, 07:21 PM
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you probably could, and heaps of people have broken there horses nasal bone without even knowing. The horses nasal bone is very thin, if you have the rope halter high enough, even higher then where a noseband would sit, but not hitting the bone sticking out on the horses cheek, then you wouldn't break or injure the nasal bone.
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If the halter is adjusted properly, then the chances of you being able to do permanent damage to a horse's nose with it are slim to non-existant. The location that it should be on the this

The halter is sitting on solid bone and a normal human would be hard pressed to find enough strength to damage that beyond a few skin abrasions without some form of really strong leverage.

Now, if the halter were adjusted too large and was hanging off the horse's face like this one is

or this one is

Then I would be concerned about the nasal bones. The ends of the bone in the horse's nose is cartiledge that would be easy to break, but the upper parts are very strong bone.

The same thing goes for a hackamore or bosal that is properly fitted. A bosal might cause a few scrapes but it would be very hard to break anything. A mechanical hackamore would greatly depend on the strength of the leverage and what kind of hackamore it was. If it was one of those full metal and chain dealies, then it could cause serious damage no matter where it's sitting on the horse's nose, but if it were a relatively mild hack like this one (which appears properly fitted by the way)

then the risk is minimal.

However, if you put a hack on fitted like these idiots did, then there is very real risk of seriously injuring the horse with very little pressure.

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Oh, I see.

Thank you for your input.

I think the rope halter that I used on her was too large. I could adjust it, to as tight as I could without it choking her, yet it would sag from the weight of the lead clip, bringing it down.

What I think I want to do is try and adjust it, though I am not entirely sure if it is possible. If anything, we have material that we can use for her so as to minimize any risk of that happening.
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