What halter to get my horses for Christmas?
I am one of those people that likes to get their animals Christmas gifts. This year I plan on getting my horse and pony halters with their names on them.
I am not sure if I want to get nylon halters or leather halters for them. And if I get leather, I don't know if I should get them halters with nameplates or ones without and get nameplates separately.
The nylon halters I would get would be these: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Personalized Monogrammed Nylon Halter
The leather halters would either have a nameplate: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Popular Leather Sale Halter with Nameplate
Or I would order one separate and add it onto a nicer halter. I am kind of limited on the price as I am 16 and don't have a job, but I could always get it for them later using Christmas or birthday money (my birthday is 15 days after Christmas) or try and rake leaves or something for some spare cash.
I am leaning towards a nylon halter because I am afraid I will spend a lot of money on nice leather halters and they will get broken somehow, but leather looks classier IMO. Any suggestions? And, do you guys have any leather halters you like that I can get in horse and cob size, preferably dark brown?
I just use a plain rope halter on mine (as I don't care for "fancy" just to bring them to saddle), but I look to buy a nice girth for them for the holiday. So to each own. :D
But if I'd get a halter as a present (even if it's for the animal), I'd go with the leather one. Not sure about nameplate (that depends on how much more it cost for me), but it would be cute too.
Edit: I voted for #3... :)
I would go for either a leather one or a breakaway nylon halter.
My horse freaks if I tie him and the rope gets over his head and the only way he calms down is if his halter snaps... So a breakaway (whatever kind) is necessary. I've heard other people be in bad situations like that, so I'm always for breakaway (they sell breakaway tabs which are nice too)
I do have a few rope halters and some nylon ones, but they are kind of dirty. The orange clay here doesn't come out of anything, and last time I washed them they took forever to dry and weren't noticeably cleaner. I would like something to look nicer for when people come over and and end up seeing the horses, the farrier/vet comes over, or we take them places. Just want to class it up haha.
All of our horses have breakaway halters, with the leather crown piece, but again the orange mud stains them. I am a neat freak about my leather tack and clean it frequently, but the nylon doesn't clean well.
I guess this is more of a "what do I want for my horses?" thread haha, they probably couldn't care less with whatever I get them unless it involves food. I have never had leather halters though, so I have no clue which is best. So far it seems like leather is a winner, and I will get nameplates afterwards.
I would definitely go with leather halters if you say your halters are getting that dirty. You can always clean and condition leather and make it look nice which is much harder to do with rope halters or nylons. Also leather doesn't rub their face as raw if you leave them unattended in the pasture for a day or two depending on how well it fits them. And name plates aren't too expensive to invest in and they're a great addition to a nice leather halter. In my opinion, you don't have to spend a lot of money on a leather halter. As long as you clean it and condition it with lots of oil(I prefer olive oil which doesn't darken the leather too much and cleans as well as conditions because of its natural chemicals) it'll be soft and beautiful! Just make sure to not leave your horses with halters on in an area where they could catch themselves; in that case, no halter is very safe..
I guess because "my" colors are lime green and bright purple they get noticeable dingy and dirty faster than a navy or red would. I could try to get pictures tomorrow of what I mean if it'll help any.
Not sure if I am getting the leather halter with the nameplate(link in OP) or a halter I liked on smartpak.com for $55. I think adding a nameplate to that halter with the order is $12 but I am not sure.
How sturdy are leather halters and how easy are they to repair? I am thinking they are comparable to leather bridles, some brands are better than others and some are really sturdy while others aren't.
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