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post #1 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Rope or Nylon...

So I have a Tennessee walker mare who is about 26 years old that I use for leisurely trail rides. However, I thought that it would be a neat idea to ride with a halter on underneath her bridle in case I would ever need to stop and tie her for any reason. Around my area, people seem to favor rope halters for using with their horses. But maybe that is just for training because they give you more control? Nylon halters lay flat, and they don't give you as much of an advantage while training on the ground. Which one would be better to wear underneath her halter during a trail ride?
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post #2 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 08:33 AM
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It's very rare that I ride with a halter under the bridle but I have used both kinds at one time or another. It's your preference, either will serve your purpose.

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post #3 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 08:34 AM
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Whichever I already have. :)

But seriously, a case could be made for the nylon web halters laying flatter, I suppose. I think your idea to have one on is good. Very handy.

I leave one on if I'm going to fix fence. I could use a bosalito and get down rope, but a halter works better for lots of tying and leading. I'd say that why they were invented. :)
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On rare occasions a flat halter was used under the bridle. I don't like that the knots on a rope halter apply constant pressure to the facial nerves where there's almost no muscle or fat covering them. I opted to trail ride in a mechanical hackamore as it allows the horse to graze when I let him.

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I agree with Saddlebag - in my point of view, rope halters are mainly for training, while I use soft-padded "normal" halters in Nylon or any other fabric for everything else. :)

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post #6 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 08:57 AM
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If I want to use a halter under the bridle when doing work on the trails, I use a nylon halter as I think they are wider and hopefully more comfortable for the horse.
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post #7 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 09:28 AM
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Thin-ish nylon. Like 2 ply :) I put one on when I ride out with lunch or when a big group is going. Sometimes I stuff one in a saddle bag ;)

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post #8 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 09:29 AM
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I, too, rarely ride with a halter. If I ever needed to tie I could unclip the reins from the bit rings and clip to another area - but that's yet to happen. But I would use a nylon when I did ride with one.
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I ride with a rope halter under my bridle if I'm doing something new with my horse and suspect he may need some schooling, such as the first couple times I took him to the beach.

I don't normally stop and tie up during a trail ride, but if I were going to (for lunch, for example) I'd probably look into a picket hobble.
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post #10 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 12:47 PM
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If I thought I was going to stop for long enough to need to use a halter I'd fasten it around my waist or to the saddle rather than have it on the horse - in hot weather especially its just going to cause soreness if it rubs
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