Halters and leads
The halter is a strap that fits around your horse’s neck. The lead is attached to the halter so your horse can be walked. Lunging is an exercise where the rider stands on the ground and makes the horse circle him or her, at the three different speeds, controlled by a lead and a lunging cavesson, in a calm, balanced, instinctive state.
The halter and leads are vital for tethering your horse or for leading your horse by hand before and after riding.
Here you can read our tips to help you make the right choice.
Halters are used for leading, for tethering, during transportation, and out in the fields. They always open at the top and can be adjusted at the noseband or beneath the throat, depending on the design.
The choice of halter also depends on the material:
- Polypropylene: simple and reliable, ideal for daily use (grooming, transportation, grazing). Easy care.
- Polypropylene-lined leather: solid and comfortable, these halters are made of velour-lined brushed leather for a less abrasive fit on pressure points.
- Foam-lined: the foam makes the halter even more comfortable for a fragile-skinned horse.
- Leather: durable and reliable, this is an elegant competition halter. Long-lasting, and with a pleasing appearance if well cared for.
Most leads are universal and can be used day-to-day.
Some, however, have specific uses:
- Presentation leads are used for leading your horse by hand. They are generally quite thick, long, and with a safety hook.
- Tethering leads, for transportation. Made of high-strength nylon, these feature two steel safety hooks: one is a panic hook and one is a swivel-eye.
- Anti-pull leads: A tethering lead made of thick rubber, with a ring at each end, onto which you can attach the safety hooks of your choice. Ideal for horses with a tendency to pull on the line when tethered, thanks to its elasticity, but without sacrificing the great strength of a normal lead.
Here, we explain the different safety hooks. The materials used care nickel-plated steel and brass:
- Panic hook: these can be quickly detached if required by simply applying downward pressure. They can, however, detached unexpectedly if handled incorrectly.
- Swivel-eye hook: Low risk of detaching unexpectedly, but impossible to detach if the horse is pulling on the line.
- Carbine or spring hook : this is the kind of hook used in climbing.