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    01-15-2010, 07:58 PM
Ponying halter

Which is better when ponying a horse, rope or web halter?
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    01-15-2010, 08:11 PM
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I've never ponied in a rope halter but just from lunging in a rope halter I've seen the halter twist around in all sorts of funny ways, making me think that if the ponied horse decides to be interesting (if you know what I mean, haha) a rope halter could twist around weirdly and leave you with less control. I've never had a nylon halter twist as much as a rope halter during lunging so I personally would go with a nylon halter.
I'm totally not an expert though and I've only ponied a few times...
    01-15-2010, 08:42 PM
Whenever I've ponied a horse I've used a rawhide bosal with a web halter underneath. I hook to the bottom loop on the halter through the bottom of the nosepiece on the bosal. So I would definitely use a web halter instead of a rope halter.
    01-15-2010, 09:13 PM
I think it depends on the horse being ponied, horse ponying off of, if you're just teaching them to pony or if they've done it before, how far you're going...so many variables.

For teaching a youngster off a solid mount, I'd stick to my rope halter. Take it slow obviously, you're just teaching them to lead from horseback. I find in the rope halter, they don't try to balk/refuse to move as much. Once they're trained to pony, use whatever you normally have on them.
    01-15-2010, 09:59 PM
Ive only ever ponied in a bridle, but if I were to pony in a halter I would use a rope halter
    01-15-2010, 10:12 PM
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I can see how a web halter might be easier, you can simply clip the lead on the bottom ring and run it through the near side ring and not have to worry about twisting which you do if you use a rope. But if the horse you are ponying is well behaved and used to being ponied I would use a rope halter just because I prefer them....
    01-15-2010, 11:30 PM
I don't own anything but a rope halter and if they are fitted and tied correctly then you will have no problem leading with them from another horse.
    01-16-2010, 12:23 AM
I use a rope halter on broke horses and those who have never ponied before.
    01-16-2010, 09:53 AM
I've always used a Rope Halter and never had a problem... BUT I think the key is knowing that these horses know how to give to the pressure already, so they aren't just going to duck under, or away from it...you don't just pony a horse who just learned how to lead yesterday...
    01-16-2010, 12:59 PM
I used web.

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