Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
I'll leave a rope halter on if I know I'm going to be out for a long time or if we are going to stop somewhere. Its nice to have if you get off and have to lead or pony your horse for some reason.
We'll also leave the halter on a new or young horse that hasn't been on the trail alot.
I would't tie it to your saddle though. If you have a horn, loop it under the pommel & over the horn. Make sure it doesn't drag & leave enough for your horse to move comfortably without getting caught up in the lead line. Your weight when you sit in the saddle should be enough to keep it from slipping loose. Another option is to loop it in your belt loop or put the end in your pocket.
I've seen some people tie the lead line loosely around the horse's neck with a slip knot also.
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