Does your horse need a new halter?
Maybe? I’m a huge fan of leather halters for the safety factor, but nylon halters with a leather crown piece can last a really long time with proper care. Nylon is inexpensive to replace, but leather can be repaired easily.
You need a new halter when:
- Critical parts are frayed, torn, or damaged. As touch as nylon and leather are, they still wear and can fray and tear.
The edges are just barely starting to fray and crack on this leather halter.
- The leather has started to crack. Once this happens, the fibers in the leather that hold it together are damaged beyond what any conditioner or oil can do. Cracked leather can and will fail, it’s best to totally replace.
- Part of the leather has snapped off. While this isn’t usually an emergency, do you have less to work with? What remains of the leather may also be compromised if it’s near a hole or a critical seam.
- You are OVER plain-looking halters and want a totally blinged-out new one. Go for it.
- A snap or metal ring is broken. Most leather repair shops can replace them! This is more of a halter emergency, as your horse could be poked by a wayward piece of metal, or your horse could just slide right out of his halter.
- It doesn’t quite fit. This happens quite often with young horses, but also very hairy horses that grow so much hair that they literally double in size. Most halters are adjustable to a degree. This may also be a legit excuse to get blinged out halter you have your eye on.
- You don’t have a halter with a break-away crown piece. The halter must be able to snap – period! If you love your nylon halter, just add an inexpensive leather crown piece to it and have some peace of mind.
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Nylon and leather
Nylon breakaway with fleece
Leather and bling halter
Traditional leather halter