I think a staple in every horse owner’s tack trunk is a good nylon halter. They’re durable, easy to clean and a good one will last forever. As nylon halters go, I look for something that fits well, is durable and can adjust to my horse’s face. This padded Nylon halter from Horze does all of these things!
Let’s be honest – this is a nylon halter. It’s not reinventing the wheel or changing the course the universe – it’s an object to control your horse while you lead it from one place to another. That being said, I like it. Simon is a smallish full size, and the halter fits him accordingly. I had it up on near the highest hole on both the adjustments, so if you are in-between sizes I would size down instead of up.
The halter adjusts on the cheek and around the nose, which is nice because not all halters adjust by the chin and that’s important to me to get a good fit.
Another nice detail is the padding underneath the crown piece and the nose band. It’s a fairly thick black (black on all color options) velvet fabric that I think would help a horse with very sensitive skin.
The Horze padded Nylon Halter is available in several different colors. I choose black, which looks sharp with the brass trim, but if you like more adventurous colors they also have yellow, light blue and several other fun options.
With my nylon halter, I got the Horze Hamptons lead in black to match. One thing I love about this lead is the quick release clasp. I feel like these are harder and harder to find lately, but it’s my favorite kind of release for any kind of lead rope.
So the clasp is really nice on the Hamptons lead rope and the colors are sharp, but I felt like it was a bit thinner than I would have liked for $10.95. Certainly not a bad lead rope and not about to break in two, but thinner in my hand than I usually like.
Overall, I think the halter is a great option if you don’t need a leather quick release strap. At $19.95 the Horze padded Nylon Halter is a great value for the money in my opinion. Most nylon halters were closer to $25 the last time I was in Dover, and the little extra details on this halter are nice. Just remember it runs a little large.
Do you prefer nylon halters or leather when it comes to every day barn use?