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post #1 of 19 Old 02-08-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Halter opinion

Okay, so our rope halter is just about too small for Aies and it's kind of starting to get on my nerves (it's always been stiff, which I hate). So, I'm in the market for a new halter. I'd really prefer a flat nylon halter. Heck, I'd really prefer a flat leather halter, but I can't afford one right now, so nylon will have to do. Anyway, my friend came across this one on horse.com and I very much like the price.

Tough-1 Draft 3-Ply Nylon Halter w/Snap - Horse.com

Does anyone have any experience with Tough-1 halters? Does this seem like an okay halter? I'm curious about the ring on top of the noseband. What is its purpose and do you think it's removable?

I also have issues with sizing. I'm not sure how much Aires weighs, exactly, but I do know the approximate measurements of his head. I do know he's too big for a large horse halter, but when I tried a draft halter on him (which, admittedly, was this past summer and his head has grown since then), it was too big. I believe it was a large draft halter, though. So, does anyone know how to accurately size a draft halter?

We'd obviously get it in the red.

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Looks like too many straps and buckles for my sanity.

The good thing about Nylon halters is that it is pretty hard to screw them up in the making process. I don't see anything wrong with that halter you posted, in fact if you got it in a draft size you could adjust it up and down for him (Not familiar with that particular halter so I'm not sure about how far up or down it will go)

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I really prefer the ones with an adjustable noseband (I've used one without on my old gelding and HATED it), and the throat latch snap can be convenient at times. Not sure about the second buckle on the off-side crown. I just hope the average draft will fit him (and if it's too small, they will take it back and trade it for the XL draft).

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When it comes to nylon halters my favorite BY FAR is a Parker halter..They can be hard to find but it's soo worth the looking..They are SO adjustable and you can get the perfect fit for your horse. I mean everything is adjustable..I would definitely be on the look out for a Parker..

And it's red! Lol
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Hrm. Found their site. No prices. How well does that bottom part stay adjusted (where the underneath strap meets the throatlatch)? Seems like it would slide a lot. IDK. I think I'd have to handle on in person before I committed to buying one.

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I didn't buy mine from their site so I couldn't help there..You can usually find them on other sites if you look around...The piece your talking about stays really well..It's a tight fitting piece unlike other halters with that piece and it stays where you put it..Mine last forever and the hardware is excellent..If your hardware breaks on the halter you can send it in and they'll fix it for free..I think I've had Hickory's for like 5 years now, it gets used and abused a good bit and it's still in great shape.

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See, we used to have this halter in red (the stripe in the middle was red), but he outgrew it. I LOVED this halter, though. Looked amazing and was very comfortable for him. Basic 3-Ply Comfort Padded Nylon Halter w/Snap - Horse.com

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I just ordered a new rope halter from Paris Farmer's and paid like 8 bucks for it. It's not Clinton Anderson, but it does the job. And I have enough CA stuff to hold my own clinic anyway.

I have never used a Tough-1 halter, but I have a blanket made by them, and I have had 3 buckles break in just the first few days of using it. Granted, I am using it on a 3 year old Percheron, and she's probably tougher on things then other horses typically are...

Aires is a Percheron X though, right? If he's anything like my girl, he's very mischievous!
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I would go with anything made by Weaver Leather. I have had a ton of these halters and they all lasted forever and I loved them all, I currently have about 5 of the Graphite Nylon Halter by this brand the others I had grew legs and walked away :/
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The one that you originally posted, it appears that the ring on the noseband is sewn into the nylon. What the purpose is...your guess is as good as mine .

Here is a site that I've heard good things about....and they let you build your own halter so that it will fit your horse.
Draft Halters and Leads

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