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post #1 of 15 Old 01-10-2017, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Halter rub? What to do?

My horse wears a nylon halter only when he is being handled or tied up for grooming, tacking, etc. He wears a rope halter when being lunged, and i believe this is what is giving him the rub . It is nothing terrible, just a faint line across the bridge of his nose. Has anyone else experienced this from lunging with a rope halter? What did you do to fix/prevent it? Thanks!

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-10-2017, 07:52 PM
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I don't mean for this to be "snarky" but I was under the impression you do not lunge with a rope halter, period.

You have a nylon halter, use that....

I was under the impression you use a rope halter for "handling" and only that....in hand with a lead shank.

Now me, I only use leather halters...
Well that is not quite true...I only use nylon for bathing the horse and never rope.
I also never, ever leave my horse while he is wearing that nylon thing....
One of the strongest materials in the world, nylon will not break but your horse will...sorry, pet peeve.
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Thanks for the input! I do use his rope halter to lunge only because he is young, strong, and does not respect his normal halter. He needs the pressure that the rope halter can put on him of he decides to play up. Also, don't worry about his nylon halter, it has a breakaway, it is one of my biggest fears that he gets hurt from his halter!

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-10-2017, 08:07 PM
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Buy a softer rope halter with knots. The stiff halters rub the hair right off my guy, but he tests the soft one. I found my happy medium with a soft halter with knots. That way it doesn't rub and he doesn't test it all the time.
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-10-2017, 09:24 PM
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A nylon halter used properly would be just fine, in fact far better ime than a rope, if you are stuck on using that halter than I would pad the noseband as much as possible.
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I don't mean for this to be "snarky" but I was under the impression you do not lunge with a rope halter, period.

You have a nylon halter, use that....

I was under the impression you use a rope halter for "handling" and only that....in hand with a lead shank.

Now me, I only use leather halters...
Well that is not quite true...I only use nylon for bathing the horse and never rope.
I also never, ever leave my horse while he is wearing that nylon thing....
One of the strongest materials in the world, nylon will not break but your horse will...sorry, pet peeve.
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I use a rope halter for pretty much everything. Including riding. Been doing it for, well, I was using it by the mid 70's. Not being "snarky" but where did you come up with that? I've be training horses with rope halters for a LONG time. Never had a problem and they outlast every other type of halter I've had. Only thing I use the other halters for is if people like to see them with something that looks "fancier" than a bit of rope.
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In answer to "where did I learn that"...........
I worked for some world-class trainers who told me that. Both in the English and western world of riding.
Explaining that the force exerted onto the animal is more concentrated due to the nature and design of rope.
Where you have a thin round piece of material sometimes with knots in it that apply pressure to sensitive points where as a leather or nylon halter has a wider surface area, no knots and a larger surface area...
Same concept used when discussing riding bareback or with a saddle....."pressure applied over a broader area"
There are exceptions to every rule, but no....I would not, will not and do not use a rope halter.
As the poster wrote the horse is "young, strong and does not respect his normal halter" are all training issues.....poster wrote it "training issues".
I was also taught and have taught many horses to lunge and not use me as their anchor point, not to pull and tug and lay on the lunge line but to carry it fully extended without arcing their body out and away from the source {that would be me}. The horse moves in a arced manner though not tugging nor being disrespectful....it is a work session not a place for them to buck & fart...that is for the turnout pen and fields.
jmo...all is just a personal opinion on equipment and how to use it. Correctly is the question and comes from life experiences and training. To each their own.
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I'm guessing that the rope halter that you have is made of stiff material. At least if it is the culprit causing the rub. I really like rope halters that are made of a softer material and more bendable. I've used rope halters for quite a while and the only time they have ever cause rubs is when they were the really stiff ones.
It also might be the way he is lunging as well but hard to tell without seeing. It could also be the fit of the halter as well.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-11-2017, 09:45 AM
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I'd get a softer halter, maybe a different brand since it's rubbing?

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