I've read that a lot of people don't like it when others ride with a halter on. Personally I prefer to hard trail ride with a non-knotted rope halter.
I feel safer, I don't like to switch out when tying up, and I make sure it's not rubbing or getting under the bridle causing sore spots.
I especially like it when I'm training a green horse and have one on with a light weight lead rope. Times have come when a situation has gotten out of control. I like having the option of turning their heads with the lead instead of using the reins/bit, I've had horses freak out more when using their mouth when trying to control them. FOR ME it works better to use the halter and get a good strong pull without worrying about their mouths. I'm talking about in severe situations like bolting/bucking/spooking/pulling through the bit heated instances.
This weekend I went out to my VERY dear friends ranch to help put miles on her green horses. Two weeks ago she had some supposedly intermediate/advanced cowboy friends and potential buyers out to ride her horses. It all went crazy and these people had no clue what they were doing, green horses who had never bucked and coming along great were acting like broncs, there where people flying everywhere!
We rode a 5 mile loop three times, each of us taking turns on a different green horse the other on a horse just needing a tune up. Well, I was pretty shocked when she wouldn't let me ride with my rope halter. I know, each to their own but a couple really needed them at different times.
We stopped in the middle of each ride and made them stand quiet while we sat on a log. One mare flipped out and actually tried to jump over the log we were sitting on to escape when she got buggered up trying to go backwards pulling on the bridle. Halter and lead on her would have been much better instead of her running head first into the bit.
On a couple occasions I had to walk a greenie through a situation and pulling on a bridle isn't the best in a hairy situation.
I can go without, and these horses are really coming along great! I just like the added security.
IDK, just wanted to hear your thoughts! Each to their own.
Good lookin young mares!! We had a GREAT day!