Hal­ter Tips

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen -

As a judge and past hal­ter ex­hibitor, I can of­fer a few tips for ex­hibit­ing in show­man­ship and hal­ter classes. • A sil­ver hal­ter like this one looks nice and shows off a horse’s head, but it’s not re­quired. A plain, high- qual­ity leather hal­ter is ac­cept­able, too. Miss Jim 45 was one of the greatest Quar­ter Horse hal­ter mares, and she was shown in a plain leather hal­ter. Whether sil­ver or plain leather, be sure that your hal­ter is clean. • Hold­ing the shank in a loose loop around your left hand gives a tidy ap­pear­ance. But never loop it tightly around your arm or hand in case your horse spooks and jerks on the shank. • It doesn’t mat­ter how beau­ti­ful your horse looks in his per­fectly fit­ted hal­ter if he lacks ground man­ners. Work with him at home to stand up and re­spect you as a han­dler be­fore tak­ing him to a show for hal­ter or show­man­ship classes.

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