Is the best halter for your horse leather, nylon, or rope?

 

Lots of choices here for halters – but how do you decide what to use for your horse? Whichever you choose, be sure it’s designed to break away. Halters, like the all-nylon variety, can injure or kill your horse if he gets hooked on something.

 

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breakaway leather crown piece

Breakaway halters are a MUST. The leather crownpiece needs to snap if your horse panics.

 

Leather – The traditional leather halter is the “gold standard” of horse halters, but it’s not always the best choice. Leather halters are great because:

 

  • Leather halters are safe. A stuck horse has a great chance of escaping, as leather can snap.

 

  • Leather halters look great!

 

  • You can use them with a stud chain if you need to.

 

  • Easy to add your horse’s nameplate on the side of the halter.

 

The downside of leather halters?

 

  • You need to clean and condition them, as you would a saddle or bridle.

 

  • They are typically more expensive than other styles.

 

 

leather halter with silver hardware

 

Nylon – The nylon halter is a great way to dress up your horse with some color! Nylon halters are great because:

 

  • Nylon halters are affordable.

 

  • You can use them with a stud chain.

 

  • Any color under the sun!

 

  • You can make the safe by using a leather crown piece.

 

  • Easy to clean – hit them with a hose!

 

I’m not a fan of nylon halters for these reasons:

 

  • Unsafe if you don’t use a leather crown piece.

 

  • Colors can fade in the sun.

 

nylon halter with leather crownpiece

This is the ONLY safe way to use a nylon halter on a horse.

 

Rope Halters – These are amazing when used properly. They share a lot of benefits as the nylon variety!

 

  • Great colors.

 

  • Affordable.

 

  • Make a rope halter super safe by securing them so the tail of the knot faces your horse’s rump.

 

  • More control of your horse when needed.

 

Downsides to the rope halters?

 

  • Some styles omit the knots that are designed to place pressure on specific points on your horse.

 

  • These halters are not always beginner-friendly, you will need some instruction to properly fit and use one.

 

 

horse in rope halter

 

What type do you use for your horse? What was your deciding factor?

 

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