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    01-07-2013, 12:14 AM
Yes a nylon halter is able to be adjusted properally too I was just stateing a fact from another post :)
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    01-07-2013, 01:06 AM
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.
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    01-07-2013, 01:23 AM
I usually buy the rope halters so they fit the particular horse than cut of the tail end I don't need :) otherwise yes that is a saftey hazard
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    01-07-2013, 02:16 AM
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?
    01-07-2013, 02:18 AM
Im not being closed minded I do use nylon on my good horses that I can trust but I use rope when training
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    01-07-2013, 06:31 AM
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.
    01-07-2013, 09:34 AM
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.
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    01-07-2013, 10:43 AM
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.
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    01-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
That's what usually happens for us the tie down or lead rope breaks before the halter does. Even leather ones.
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    01-07-2013, 06:07 PM
Green Broke
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.

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