Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz
We don't us anything with anytype of hardware on it. We use rope halters with leads attached. If they panic to an extent I think they wont settle down. Cut it with a knife. I by NO MEANS am getting close enough to a thousand pound horse flipping out just to undo a snap. I have seen it too many times were people try to unhook their horses halter or lead and then end up getting trampled or kicked because the horse is panicing and not paying attention to the human trying to help.
Indeed, good point. There also could be instances when the horse is not flailing, you're not in danger and it would just be easier to unclip it than cut it. Why not have the option? After reading all of these, though, I am really going to make keeping a knife on me a priority.
I like having hardware because I often have students that I lunge on the horse. It's easier to simply unclip the lead rope and leave the halter on under the bridle when we're done with the lung part of the lesson. I understand the point of no hardware though, for sure.