Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Orange County, California
I think there is a lot out there on the web about this issue, and probably more opinions here. From my perspective, a rope halter, because of the way it is constructed against the poll (two ropes crossing the poll, rather than a broad strap). The rope halter gives a clearer pressure/release message (stronger pressure if the horse pulls because the surface area of the pull us smaller). Also, if you use your lead (as I do) to back the horse by waggling the rope, or other rope signals to the horse, I think a webbing halter confuses the message. The banging of the check clips and rings on their face is "out of sync" with the other clues.