How to get a great-looking halter for not a lot of money.
By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Linda Pigg in The American Quarter Horse Journal | January 18, 2011
A show halter can make or break a horse. A good one can turn him into a star, while a cheap halter can make the best-looking horse look like a nag. Although AQHA Professional Horsewoman Linda Pigg’s show halters are custom made, she says mass-produced halters can still help you win blue ribbons.
“These halters are not good enough to take and show a horse at the (AQHA) World (Championship) Show but they are fine for the weekend shows and way good for 4-H and open shows,” she says.
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But when you buy a less-expensive halter, you have to realize you will have to give up something, whether that be leather quality, the amount of silver or a less trendy style.
“You’ll still probably have to spend around $300 to $500, but it won’t cost you as much as a custom-made halter, which can cost more than $1,000,” she says. “But remember, in the long run, a better halter will pay for itself.”
Before buying a halter, Linda recommends going to horse shows to see what top trainers and amateurs are using.
“Also, look through the Journal and see what the horses are wearing,” she says. “Look at the different styles, because there are a lot of different styles – the way the leather attaches, the way the noseband attaches to the cheek piece, whether it has round or square rings, is the silver plain or does it have a rope edge, are the buckles big or small. Just look at what everyone is showing in.”
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