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    01-06-2013, 09:56 PM
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Yearling
A nylon halter can be fitted and adjusted properly ....
     
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    01-06-2013, 09:56 PM
  #12
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Weanling
I would say rope halters are a greater safety hazard than a flat nylon one. Rope halters have a greater chance of getting hooked on something with the fiador and the tail of the crown piece. If they do get hooked, they are harder to break.

Mine wear leather halters. I agree rope halters have their place in training, but I have yet to *need* one to train responsiveness.
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    01-06-2013, 10:03 PM
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Foal
My personal opinion is that nylon halters are saftey hazards because they break easily if your horse pulls back they just snap and also give the horse mixed cues.
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    01-06-2013, 10:12 PM
  #14
Trained
I've had fine luck training/re-training/schooling horses in a flat nylon or leather halter. Rope halters have their place, I'm sure, but they aren't "better" by any means. Different is not better.

You'll find, OP, that most of us here don't care for "this is the only right way" attitude you have. We are mostly an open-minded bunch that don't care for the closed-minded.
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    01-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrelhorsetrainer    
My personal opinion is that nylon halters are saftey hazards because they break easily if your horse pulls back they just snap and also give the horse mixed cues.
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Better that than higher risk of injury to poll or facial nerves from a rope halter!
     
    01-06-2013, 10:17 PM
  #16
Banned
There have been plenty and plenty of times I've been relieved and very thankful a nylon flat halter has broken......believe me.....
     
    01-06-2013, 10:19 PM
  #17
Started
Trailering is a good example of when a breakable halter is a good thing. If my horse fell down I would hate to have her get hung up because her halter didn't break.
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    01-06-2013, 10:40 PM
  #18
Foal
Ey, I like nylon halters, sure they got a breaking point, but it's not going to break while I'm leading a horse around. I've seen a well trained horse flip out, flip over and get hung up because of his rope halter. We couldn't get a knife close enough to cut him loose until he was almost passed out from lack of air. Getting close to a 1600lb, upside down, choked out horse was scary as hell.
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    01-07-2013, 12:01 AM
  #19
Foal
Ya I had a horse once that was right off the track he was insane you took him threw a gate to the field and he was try to bolt in every direstion!
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    01-07-2013, 12:12 AM
  #20
Foal
I like my nylon halters...

Rope halters can be really handy on a large ranch because one rope halter can fit a large variety of horses.

BUT I love my nylon halters. I have had a few spooks and the halter didn't break but the clip on the lead rope did.

Also...about the fashion statement comment....yeah, nylon halters are fun and come in refreshing patterns. Isn't it awesome!!!! LOL (Mine has a peacock pattern) :P

Basically use whatever you like.
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