Rope or nylon halters? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 151
• Horses: 0
Yes a nylon halter is able to be adjusted properally too i was just stateing a fact from another post :)
Posted via Mobile Device
Barrelhorsetrainer is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 01:06 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
For me, I would like to go with the ideal of whatever works best for the horse works best for me.

For instance, some horses need that extra bite to get the point across. Ex: Tana, an arabian broodmare with blotches in her training, could not get what I was asking her via nylon halter. It was not until I switched that I personally felt that what I was telling her was going through.

I work with a gelding named shooter who leads, backs, and does whatever necessary in his nylon. He doesnlt need a rope halter.

In the future I might fiddle around and get a nylon for Chance and see how he leads in that. But for now, he's got his rope halter.
Posted via Mobile Device
Deschutes is offline  
post #23 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 151
• Horses: 0
I usually buy the rope halters so they fit the particular horse than cut of the tail end i dont need :) otherwise yes that is a saftey hazard
Posted via Mobile Device
Barrelhorsetrainer is offline  
post #24 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 02:16 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
Rope halters in general can be a safety hazard, as stated before because of their inability to break.

I don't understand how cutting off the excess has any means of making it safer. I cannot think of any instances off the top of my head in which concern could be made, but a previous poster had given adequate instance in which a breaking halter would have been very good.

Halters are cheap. If they break, so what?
Deschutes is offline  
post #25 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 151
• Horses: 0
Im not being closed minded i do use nylon on my good horses that i can trust but i use rope when training
Posted via Mobile Device
Barrelhorsetrainer is offline  
post #26 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 06:31 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 170
• Horses: 0
I'm not a fan of pure nylon halters (and especially ones that buckle under the chin). If any of mine need to keep a halter on, be tied up, or need a chifney bit (on most rope halters, the fiador knot will get in the way of the bit and the clip loops will be too long for the bit and halter to interact properly), it's a plain and simple leather halter. Yeah, maybe they break faster than nylon, but I've seen too many horses freak out and hurt themselves because the halter DIDN'T break to want to turn my horse out in one.

Ponying or pushy horses I'll use a rope halter, because those are times I'd rather they not break, especially out on the road, and the rope gives me more control.
noddy is offline  
post #27 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 09:34 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Wellington, FL
Posts: 500
• Horses: 1
I use leather halters for their great ability to break. If a horse gets caught up in something and enough pressure is applied, the leather will snap...that's a good thing. And a shank that has been put on properly and is used properly is a good pressure tool. You can apply and release pressure as needed.
Posted via Mobile Device
countercanter is offline  
post #28 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 10:43 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,909
• Horses: 1
I'm not sure where you get the idea that nylon halters break easily. I was grooming a huge 17.2hh, 1700lbs TB (built like a tank...would have sworn he was a draft cross if he hadn't had a racing tattoo on his lip) one time and he absolutely flipped out for no reason. He sat back so hard that the bull snap on his lead rope shattered...but his nylon halter never gave an inch. Heck, it barely even stretched...and it was old. I would have expected that plain old flat nylon halter to go before that 2" bull snap with as hard as he sat back.

I used a rope halter on my draft cross for a while, but mainly because he was in between the large horse and draft sizes of nylon halters and a rope halter was the only thing that would fit him. I wouldn't say he was more responsive in the rope than he was in the nylon. Now that he can wear the draft nylon halter we have, I use that and he's great. I halter broke him in a nylon halter and am now teaching him to lunge on a line (he free lunges beautifully on voice commands), so we can't use a rope halter.
Posted via Mobile Device
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #29 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
That's what usually happens for us the tie down or lead rope breaks before the halter does. Even leather ones.
Posted via Mobile Device
usandpets is offline  
post #30 of 62 Old 01-07-2013, 06:07 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
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.
verona1016 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Types of Rope for Rope Halters.. Babysis940 Horse Tack and Equipment 12 09-15-2012 07:45 PM
Rope Halters - preference on regular rope or thin rope? AllHorseStuff Horse Tack and Equipment 5 08-14-2012 12:04 PM
Rope halters or Nylon halters? Horsecrazy4ever Horse Tack and Equipment 5 12-26-2011 11:12 PM
Rope Halters VS Regular Nylon Ones Tessa T Horse Tack and Equipment 12 09-29-2010 09:14 PM
* 2 Pony Nylon Halters * US * Bluelover Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 05-25-2010 08:12 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome