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    01-06-2013, 08:08 PM
Rope or nylon halters?

Rope halters are better for training horses they don't break as easlily and are more agressive. Nylon halters are more of a fashion statement and a saftey hazard
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    01-06-2013, 08:50 PM
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I have to assume by your post that you have a thing against nylon or leather halters? Rope halters do have more bite and with a nylon halter, a horse can pull against easier.

However, when not training, a nylon halter can be be used daily with a trained horse. They can be fashionable but still useful. We use rope halters for training if needed and under the bridle for long rides to tie the horse when we take a break. For everyday normal activities, we use nylon or leather halters without incidents.

I have used nylon or leather halters when training and they worked fine. The horse just needs to know to give to pressure.
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    01-06-2013, 08:57 PM
We use both, really don't seem to change much training wise. Nylon is easier for the kids.
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    01-06-2013, 09:13 PM
Meh, I've used nylon for years on my mare. Haven't had a problem with it. I even halter broke my 2 year old as a yearling in a nylon halter. It depends on the horse. My 2 year old really understands pressure and release and my current mare is just well trained enough to not need the extra pressure of a rope halter.
    01-06-2013, 09:29 PM
Too each there own,I guess I don't really care for rope halters,preferring a halter that is more properly fitted. Rope halters better for schooling? Maybe some find that but guess that is an individual thing what ever works for you.If I need a horse to be more attentive or fine tuned when training a "properly" used stud shank is good tool.Use a shank when is needed & when horse is responding that tool can be removed to a regular shank. A halter broke horse that has learned the basics of giving to pressure, a regular Nylon or leather halter with regular lead shank should respond without trouble to an everyday handling routine. I have seen more ill fitted rope halters than I care to & to me they have potential to be more harmful to horse.
    01-06-2013, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrelhorsetrainer    
Rope halters are better for training horses they don't break as easlily and are more agressive. Nylon halters are more of a fashion statement and a saftey hazard
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Perhaps you can expand on your last statement to illustrate the basis on which you make such an assertion?
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    01-06-2013, 09:45 PM
Nylon halters are not a 100 percent connected so they do not have as much of a response when you use the lead rope to move the horse as rope halters do
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    01-06-2013, 09:49 PM
I don't understand what you mean by "not a 100 percent connected." Do up the clip and you're ready to rock and roll. Rope halters tie up just like nylon halters clip up. I've never had a problem with leading in a nylon halter. IMO leading comes down to the horse's training, not what it's wearing.
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    01-06-2013, 09:53 PM
A rope halter is properally fitted if you buy the right size and adjust it properally. I do not agree with useing stud shanks I belive they are to harsh on a horse. But same as anything if not used proberally can be more hazardous than anything :)
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    01-06-2013, 09:54 PM
I think she's referring to the metal hardware separating the different pieces. By that logic, a nylon halter would be more precise as you could cue without moving other parts. That's of course incorrect as it will still move everywhere regardless of where you pull or move. The only place I use a stud chain is at the race track. Ever lead a 17+ HH horse that's hopped up on every possible hot feed out there and ready to run?

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