How to Halter a Horse

Here is a step-by-step guide to putting a halter on a horse.
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Here is a step-by-step guide to putting a halter on a horse.

A halter is the very basic head gear a horse wears to enable you to handle him and control him.

Annapolis demonstrates a well-fitting halter. Photo by Jayne Pedigo

Here's How:

  1. As you approach your horse to halter him, make sure the halter is unbuckled and the lead rope is attached.
  2. Stand on the left side of the horse and pass the end of the lead rope under his neck with your left hand.
  3. Put your right hand over his neck and take the lead rope from your left hand.
  4. Now you have the rope around his neck. Catch both ends of rope together in your right hand so he can't wander off while you put the halter on.
  5. Position the loop so you can pass the halter strap to your right hand in the same way you did with the rope.
  6. At this point you should have both the rope and the halter strap in your left hand, with your arm over the horse's neck and the halter buckle in your right hand.
  7. With your hands on either side of the horse's head, position the noseband so the horse's nose will slide easily into it and raise the halter into position.
  8. Bring the halter strap over the horse's head, right behind his ears and do up the buckle, keeping hold of the rope just in case he decided to break away before you have finished.
  9. Remove the loop of rope from around the horse's neck and you are ready to go.

Tips:

  1. Make sure your halter fits properly and is neither too loose nor too tight.
  2. The noseband should lie two fingers below the cheekbone and you should be able to fit two fingers between your horse and the noseband.