With a wide variety of materials, styles and sizes to choose from, there are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing a horse halter. There are many classic and fashionable halters on the market to suit your preferences, but it is also imperative to keep in mind where you intend to use the halter to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your horse. For turnout and trailering purposes, it is a necessity to choose a halter that will break in case of an emergency.
TYPES OF HALTERS
Webbing – In an array of beautiful colors and fashion-forward patterns, webbing halters offer a wide range of style options to suit your preferences. Attractively-priced, a webbing halter is great for leading your horse and for general everyday use. Webbing is exceptionally strong and will not break. As a result, webbing halters should not be used for turnout, trailering or any situation where your horse may get caught up on an obstacle.
Leather – Trusted by generations of horse owners, a leather halter remains a classic choice. From the refined styling of bridle leather to the rugged performance of harness leather, these halters come in options perfect for showing or everyday use. Leather is a natural product and will break, making it a recommended option for both turnout and trailer use.
Breakaway – These webbing halters feature either a leather crown piece or a breakaway fuse at the end of the crown piece to ensure the halter will break if necessary. This option combines the economical price of webbing with leather that will break to give you peace of mind when using the halter for turnout and trailering.
Rope- Popular for training, rope halters feature a durable, one-piece design without hardware to break. Known for their precise fit and durability, rope halters are gaining popularity with riders from more and more disciplines for their great feel and performance. Since they will not break, rope halters should never be used for turnout and trailering.
For more tips on choosing the right halter for your horse, check out the following video from Ken McNabb of McNabb Horsemanship. He shares his thoughts on getting a right halter fit for your horse.
How to Properly Fit a Horse Halter