01-07-2013, 06:07 PM
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I use rope, nylon, and leather halters at different times. I've never had any of them break (though I did have a lead rope slide through the clamp and fail when enough pressure was put on it...)
The nylon halter is my everyday halter- turning out & bringing in, cross tying for grooming and tacking up. It's taken off for turn out, so he's essentially always being directly handled or supervised when it's on him. Sometimes the barn help doesn't get the right halter with the right horse when they bring them back in, and I'd much rather lose a cheap nylon halter than a nice leather one.
The leather halter is my "show" halter. Any time my horse gets trailered, this is the halter he wears. It will break if necessary (so safer for trailering) and also looks nicer.
I keep the rope halter for schooling, but really don't need it on my horse. I did find it very useful for the last horse I leased, who would sometimes pull against the lead during ground work. He wouldn't pull nearly as hard against the rope one compared to the flat, broad leather one his owner had for him.