Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I like using a rope halter on my yearling to teach him that he shouldn't resist pressure and lean on his halter. For a more established horse, I love the look of leather halters.
Case in point, my yearling was not very nice to lead with his nylon halter. I tried teaching him the pressure and release method, but I realized that I was spending more time putting pressure on him and he was spending an equal amount of time resisting it. Rather than continuing that song and dance and running the risk of teaching him bad habits, I picked up a rope halter and threw that on him. Within 10 minutes, he had figured out that following me was a lot easier than resisting. Before, it would take me forever to lead him across the yard which was COVERED in yummy grass. He would insist on eating and no amount of circles, pops on the rump with the lead or coaxing could move him. After 10 minutes with that rope halter, all it takes is a quick little jerk on the lead if I feel him trying to lower his head to the grass. Now I use the rope halter primarily, but occasionally switch back to the nylon halter so I can reinforce lessons with that. I can proudly say that he'll lead just as easily in the nylon halter now as he does in the rope halter.