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    06-10-2008, 09:27 AM
Halters on or off?

We ride with a rope halter under the headstall all the time. As you have probably noticed in any of my photos (avitar included) I use a black one so its not that noticible. We take regular breaks about every hour or so, taking out the bit and letting the horses graze. Its much easier to just leave the halter on all the time on the ride. I carry a short 9' lead rope on my saddle.
I was just curious if anyone else did this?
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    06-10-2008, 01:46 PM
If I go on trails I have a halter on Lexi most of the time. I also find it good for leading her around & stuff. ;) Like, there's this place she can drink water from on the trail, & I just slip the bridle off- boom she can drink! LOL! & I usually also have a leadrope.
    06-10-2008, 02:05 PM
We always ride with a halter underneath.....well...not always...but usually. I am always tempted to take it off but if that bridle breaks or I pull it off when falling... I want to be able to catch the horse.

At the chuckwagon races I saw 2 horses running around without a rider or bridle. The first one came bursting into our camp all wacked out and scared and I had no way to catch it! It just ran back out of camp and the fella got it later. And the 2nd one I saw was involved in a horse race. The horse stumbled and fell at a full gallop and the reins got tangled up with the rider and the horse flipped over (it was aweful) The horse got back up and continued to gallop off but no one had anyway to catch it. (the guy was ok too)

So for safety I do it and also because I don't like leading the horses with a bit. I'd rather use a halter. I think its nicer.
    06-10-2008, 09:06 PM
If I'm trail riding or out to do some work on my horse I'll have a rope halter and a long lead tucked into my belt (much the way you would do with a Mecate). However if I'm doing some arena work or team penning then no halter.
    06-10-2008, 11:58 PM
I always ride with a halter underneath. Most of the riding I do is on trails, so if I have to tie my guy it's very convenient. I never tie my horse with the reins or with a rope attached to the bit, so I use the halter.
    06-11-2008, 12:25 AM
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I usually don't ride with a halter at the barn i'm at now, but at camp we always do, it's easier to go from tied to untied, and the wranglers take the leadrope w/ them
    06-11-2008, 12:40 AM
Trail riding, I leave the halter on. Arena work I'll take it off.
It's just easier on the trail to tie a horse to a tree or the side of the trailer while I tack up. Been doing it for YEARS and no problems.

You can kinda see the Black Rope halter under the leather headstall

And the red rope halters in this picture
    06-11-2008, 11:50 AM
Halters on or off?

If we go for long trail rides where it might be needed or if I am on a inexperienced horse that I might have to dismount from and work on the trail(over a stream, lunge, ect) then yeah. I don't in the arena or anything else like that. Its always nice to be able to tie up your horse if a emergencey or something. Plus, if a horse needs to be ponied that is always good too to have with you. I usually use rope halters, not nylons. I only use a nylon/leather halter when I trailer my horses. Does anyone trailer with rope halters? Just curious
    06-11-2008, 12:11 PM
As with most others, we trail ride with the halters on...it's just more convenient and flexible.
    06-11-2008, 02:06 PM
Just depends. Trail rides-halter on. Staying home on a short ride? Take it off. Why pack the exra bulk underneath if I'm not going to be tying them up? I like the look without the halter. On the trail, though, I don't want to hastle with the halter/bridle change. Just drop the bit and tie.

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