Communicating with Your Horse
When learning a new task, its important to always consider your own personal safety, as well as for the safety of others - including the horse. Students sometimes, through no fault of their own, lack a good safe foundation in some of the day to day activities that we do with our horses. This page is further explore safe, positive learning.
How to Halter Your Horse
What is the right way to halter?
I cannot argue that different trainers will teach different methods. There are benefits to different taught methods. My personal method is meant to prioritize the handler's safety, and to minimize any possible negative affect on the horse. Let's start with how to halter the right way.
King, the horse in the second video has a metal clasp on the cheekbone. This style halter is meant to go directly over the horse's ears as seen in the video. Literately all steps are identical to those outlined above with this different style halter. However, this style halter can also be placed onto a horse the same as in the first video - you'll notice that there is metal hardware that comes undone, to be able to adjust the fit and/or to put the halter on and off.
The third video goes over haltering with a rope halter. These halters are commonly seen here at Dream Catcher Farm, and are extremely adjustable. There is no hardware at all - you'll notice a small strip of tape on the end of the poll strap. This strip of tape is to cover a metal clasp that holds the two straps together. We do not recommend purchasing any rope halter with a metal clasp for the horse's safety. As in the first two examples, the nylon claspless halter, the leather over-the-ear halter, all steps are identical in haltering King with the rope halter. The only part that is different is tying the knot, correctly. The poll strap goes behind the ears, and then goes through the tie loop downwards, behind the tie loop, and then is pulled towards the horse's tail between the tie loop and the poll strap. Here: take a look at the video, showing both the correct and incorrect tie methods.
Is there a wrong way to halter a horse?
There absolutely is! Any unsafe step is wrong. Let's go over a few:
WHEN IN DOUBT - ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR OR TRAINER! Remember - we all want to have fun, but safety must never be compromised.
THE RIGHT WAY:
SOME WRONG WAYS: