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    01-18-2012, 06:07 PM
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Just tell me which kind of halter you prefer rope or a nylon halter. You can also tell me why if you have a reason for preferring one over the other
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    01-18-2012, 06:11 PM
I prefer rope halters because I find the horse understands me better.. we communicate better. It's like a little poke or tickle than a flat handed push. But I also use leather halter for trailer-ing and sometimes to get him from point A to point B.
    01-18-2012, 06:45 PM
When I'm working on ground manners I like a rope halter, I find that there's better communication. Of course, I could be completely whacked out and it's all in my head but it's worked with the horses I've owned and worked with.

I love leather halters for everything else. I find them both attractive and safer.
    01-18-2012, 06:47 PM
Rope halter with knots. And a rope lead-rope tied on, with no buckles or snaps or anything that can snap or break or hang heavy on the horse.
    01-18-2012, 06:51 PM
I use a nylon halter if I'm just leading my horse to the cross-ties and clipping her there while I brush/tack up. But I have a rope halter for playing around in, trick teaching, hopping on bareback for a bit, only because she responds a little better in it. :)
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    01-18-2012, 06:55 PM
For me a halter is a halter, unless showing & then always leather. They go on to get from point a to point b or to do ground work. If my horse won't respond because of a halter, I've got bigger problems to worry about. I have & use both, I use whatever I grab first.
    01-18-2012, 07:00 PM
I like my rope halters for when I am trail riding because I think it looks better with my tack and I like the look But for just letting her out in the yard to graze, I prefer my old raggy nylon halters because they don't seem to get snagged as easily.
    01-18-2012, 07:00 PM
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Knotted rope halter for groundwork and riding, nylon for quick leading to paddock or tying during trimming. I wouldn't tie or turn out a horse in a rope halter, though, because they don't break that easily in case of emergency.
    01-18-2012, 07:09 PM
I use rope on trail, a soft rope halter; some are stiff. Picketing and trailering I use nylon halters. I have an issue with standard(medium, large, extra large etc.)sized halters. Either they are too loose around the jowl or they are too short through the cheek piece. I am seriously looking for custom halters for my horses. To me it is worth the money. Cob halters were the only ones that fit well, when I had my Arabs which I only have one now.
    01-18-2012, 07:13 PM
I mainly use leather but occasionally a rope one for some training but not often. I don't care for nylon, it can leave rubs, won't break when needed & I am boring. Nylon does look very nice on horses though, if it is clean & well fitted.

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