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• CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS: When shop­ping for a hal­ter, your pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion is when and how you’ll be us­ing it. Dif­fer­ent fea­ture­de­ter­mine whether a hal­ter is a suit­able choice for turnout, ship­ping, show­ing, train­ing or groom­ing. And, for many horse­men, hav­ing mul­ti­ple hal­ters on hand makes sense. • OP­TIONS: A sim­ple ny­lon hal­ter is durable enough to stand up to daily use and turnout with­out reg­u­lar clean­ing. Just be cer­tain it has a leather crown­piece or some other “break­away” fea­ture that will re­lease if the horse be­comes hung up on a fence or pulls back hard against ties. For shows, clin­ics and other “fancier” oc­ca­sions, you might also want to have a heav­ier, all-leather hal­ter. Groom­ing hal­ters do not have the strap that crosses un­der the jaw, mak­ing them less se­cure but eas­ier to slip on and off. For train­ing pur­poses, many rid­ers pre­fer rope hal­ters with knots at strate­gic points, but it’s a good idea to re­ceive in­struc­tion on how to use them if you aren’t al­ready fa­mil­iar. • PRICE: Sim­ple ny­lon hal­ters start around $15, while a higher-end leather hal­ter can cost $150 or more. Rope hal­ters range in price from un­der $10 to nearly $40, de­pend­ing on the style. Groom­ing hal­ters also vary in price, from un­der $20 to $60 or more, de­pend­ing on ma­te­ri­als.


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