July 31, 2018

Choosing the Right Halter for Your Horse

Equestrian equipment includes everything you will need to comfortably ride while not burdening the horse. Horse halters and head collars are essential headgear items used in horse riding. It is essential to be sure your halter is fit properly so it can be fully functional for both horse and rider.

The Importance of a Well-Fit Horse Halter

Choosing the right halter for your horse is essential to the quality of your ride and the comfort of the horse. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a halter or head collar for your horse.


Halters and head collars are the items in your horse equipment collection that allow the rider to communicate with the horse. This piece of equestrian equipment allows you to train and teach the horse to understand your commands and lead the horse where you want it to go. There are even specially designed halters for foals available so that training can begin from a young age. Unlike a bit and bridle any pressure applied to the halter acts as more of a cue, which is why it is perfect for training. The horse will feel this pressure on the sensitive area behind his ears.

The halter allows for the slightest movement to indicate to the horse exactly what the rider expects it to do next. With horses being infamously unpredictable this is essential to a safe and controlled ride.

Which Halter Should I Choose?

There are generally three options when it comes to halters for horses: nylon, rope or leather. Whichever halter you choose it should be comfortable for the horse when simply lying flat on its head. If the halter is not fit correctly even the smallest amount of pressure could hurt and spook the horse, which is the last thing you want.

Leather Halters

This is the traditional material used for halters and provides a classic look about them. They are available in a variety of thicknesses to suit how heavy-handed the trainer is and how sensitive the horse is. It only requires maintenance from time to time with a leather product to keep it from cracking and breaking.

Nylon Halters

These are generally wide and heavy, with the comfort of the horse in mind. The wider area for the pressure to be applied by the harness is great for novice riders so they don’t accidentally hurt the horse.

Rope Halters

This option allows for the most subtle of movements to be felt. If you use a rope halter you can train your horse from the beginning to respond to very light communications. The other benefit for riders who frequent lush terrains is that a rope halter can be easily cut if need be.

Horses should not be left with their halter on in the stall or pasture. It is for training and active riding only. For more advice on the horse equipment you need contact Trident Saddlery and we will get you kitted out for your next (or first) ride.