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post #11 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 12:57 PM
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I don't like riding with a halter under the bridle, but if I had to I would use a flat nylon halter. No knots to apply unnecessary pressure, while that's sort of unavoidable with a rope halter.
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post #12 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 01:07 PM
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I'll sometimes use a rope halter if I think I may have trouble putting the bridle on a new or problem horse because after bridling the rope halter can be removed.
I have 2 rope halters that are only used short term for training brats but they don't have special knots.
I don't own any nylon halters, except sheep halters.
On the first trail rides with a new or unknown horse I keep a leather halter on with a lead rope looped over the saddle horn- just in case.
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post #13 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 01:35 PM
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I also don't ride with a halter under my bridle when trail riding; but I always carry my halter with me, especially since I'll stop at friend's house for water & talk.

Really, it's all what you are comfortable with. Use what you like.
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post #14 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 02:56 PM
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I don't make my rope halters with knots on the nose. Do all the store bought ones have them?
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post #15 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 03:34 PM
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^ I have bought Double Diamond & Silver Tip. Neither had knots on the nose. Personally I by-pass any with knots on the nose...
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post #16 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 05:23 PM
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You could also look into a halter bridle combo ;) Thats what I use and I LOVE it!

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post #17 of 30 Old 03-31-2015, 05:28 PM
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We have rope halters that already have leadropes tied to them, and since we do lots of trail riding and never know if something is going to happen and a horse needs to be ponied, or tied, or whatever, we usually leave our rope halters on underneath. They're soft yacht rope and have no extra knots. I've yet to EVER make sores or rubbing marks on the horse. To me it is good insurance, and oddly enough there have been a few times when I've found loose horses and used my horse's halter to catch them. hahaha. Another time someone's bridle broke, and I let them ride with my rope halter, since we were 3 miles out from the barn. Not sure what we would have done otherwise!
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post #18 of 30 Old 04-01-2015, 11:59 PM
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Honestly, either one would work to serve your purpose.

Just use your best judgement on which halter to use as either one could have the possibility of rubbing.

If you decide to go rope, just make sure the knots aren't too bulky or placed in locations which would interfere with the bridle. However, if you plan on going nylon, make sure the fabric isn't too thick.
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post #19 of 30 Old 04-02-2015, 12:33 AM
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post #20 of 30 Old 04-02-2015, 04:14 AM
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with a horse that is 26 I would not use a rope halter. If you want to ride with a halter under the bridle use a flat soft nylon halter.
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