Horse Basics: Halters
April 9, 2014
Halters are used for leading, tying, and handling horses when you’re not riding. Learn the basic options you have for outfitting your horse in a halter.
Rope halters are a training tool used by many natural horsemanship trainers. As the name implies, these halters are made from rope (most commonly braided nylon cord), and these halters are tied together rather than constructed using hardware connections.
Traditional leather halters are constructed of cowhide, and the pieces connect via metal or brass fittings and buckles. These halters are often highly adjustable at multiple points for a customized fit.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Flat Nylon Halters
Flat halters made of nylon are inexpensive, strong, versatile, and a popular choice for regular barn use. Their synthetic material wears well and comes in a rainbow of colors.
Grooming halters don’t have throatlatches. This makes for easy grooming of the face.
Western Show Halter
Think of show halters as horse jewelry. They are designed for competition, such as in-hand halter and showmanship classes, and different breeds have different show halter requirements, styles, traditions, and trends.
Photo: Chelsea Whittle
Arabian Show Halter
The halter pictured is an Arabian-style show halter designed to show off the fine features of the breed’s face.
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