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post #11 of 16 Old 08-06-2014, 08:35 PM
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You were using two safety items designed to break/release in an emergency situation: the halter and the panic snap. When you have multiple points of potential breakage, one is usually going to give before the other. Perhaps the angle on the halter wasn't right to create the required force to break the leather as others said, or perhaps the snap just has a lower breaking point.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-07-2014, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post

If a breakaway halter is a necessity, I prefer a simple, cheap, single ply entirely leather halter. Unfortunately, a single ply halter is virtually impossible to find these days.
It's not an absolute necessity, but I do like the safety feature if I'd ever get into an accident while towing the horses.

Any recommendations on a BETTER breakaway halter then?

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post #13 of 16 Old 08-07-2014, 05:04 PM
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Being me and not being able to find anything I think looks breakable enough online, I'd probably just take some old leather and make my own.

Probably those little $15 leather halters that you can find on and chicks are cheap enough quality that they would break easily enough.
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That's pretty concerning to me! I hope you find a good breakable halter (this sounds counter-productive hehe), I use breakaways when trailering too and I remember my trainer got into an accident when towing horses (car skidded into her lane) and the trailer fell onto the safety rail (highway)....the horses were all over the place in the trailer and one of the halters didn't break, so the poor mare was on her side struggling and screaming D:
Hopefully you can find a good (or bad?) quality halter that'll do it's job. I'd hate to hear from someone here about their horse getting injured due to bad headgear :(
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-07-2014, 06:42 PM
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I don't trust breakaways at all, partly because they don't seem to work so well, and partly because they need a lot of pressure to break - and I want it to break way before that.

What I do though is have cheap carabiner type clips that i have between my leads and halters. I know they break pretty easily, they seem to take maybe 50kg or so worth of pull, then literally bend open.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-08-2014, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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I wonder what the weight rating is on the panic snaps?

As in your example, where a trailer got tipped on its side and a horse is struggling against it. Would the panic snap give?

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