• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Cheap Nylon Trail Bridle? Halter Bridles

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Cheap Nylon Trail Bridle? Halter Bridles

    Looking for some shopping help.... low budget, of course!
    I am casual trail rider, no overnight or long distance rides.
    I have an English Wintec snaffle bridle now, but I'd like the ability to clip the bit in and out of it so that I can trailer in the halter bridle without bit and reins.
    Also, perhaps a separate concept, I have this idea that the reins could easily be used as a lead rope... simply unclip the reins from bridle and clip to the D ring, or such, on the halter. This would come in handy on difficult trails where I need to get off and walk and need a nice LONG lead rope.

    Any ideas or recommendations?

  • #2
    I had one similar to this one:


    While I didn't have much of a problem with the nylon part of it, All of the cheaper ones made with nylon are also made with that cheap nickel hardware that gets all crusty. The one I bought didn't come with that awful bit. I ended up replacing it after a year with a nice beta halter bridle with stainless steel hardware. It cost at least 4 - 5 times more BUT it will last 10 times longer.
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


    • Original Poster

      Bummer about the cheap hardware! I am looking at some nylon halter bridles online and they say "nickel plated hardware".....


      • #4
        Originally posted by BarnField View Post
        Bummer about the cheap hardware! I am looking at some nylon halter bridles online and they say "nickel plated hardware".....
        Yeah...that stuff oxidizes like crazy and gets a crust on it.
        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


        • #5
          If you have a favorite nylon halter already, you can easily purchase nylon or bio/beta-thane "clips" to attach your bit to the halter rings (up by the horse's eyes). For reins, use any set you have and buckle them to snaps. The snap can clip onto the bit or the halters lead ring.

          horseDOTcom has Weaver Halters with nice hardware for $15. They also carry snaps that you can attach to your reins to make them easy to move from the bit to the halter.
          http://www.hought.com/end-bh.html has "bit hangers" in biothane, if you look at endurance sites you may find nylon or other prices, but this seems like an average price.

          The problem I had when using a basic halter and clipping the bit to the eye rings is that often the halter's poll strap would slip down the back of the neck and change where the bit was held - a simple homemade nylon brow band fixed that easily (I recycled a nylon dog leash). (It probably doesn't bother most horses but it did mine.) But I found that I much preferred an "add on" headstall - it fits over my rope halter and snaps to it so I don't need a throatlach plus it already has a browband, and the bit doesn't shift around in my horse's mouth. (here's an example - https://www.thedistancedepot.com/Del..._p/bbt-dah.htm)

          Hope this provides some ideas!


          • #6
            I have a beta/biothane from The Distance Depot - it's really nice.

            If you're looking for a cheaper nylon Long Riders carries them: http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...roducts_id=135

            And here are just the bit hangers:
            Only dead fish go with the flow.



            • #7
              My neighbor sent me this link the other day - really like the look of them but don't have experience w/them: http://sunsethalters.com/halterbridle.php


              • #8
                I don't have one of the halter/bridles pictured from sunset halters, but I got a pair of their flat rope reins. Love them! They are least 5 years old and still look great. They have clips on them so I can unhook and use as a lead if necessary.


                • #9
                  A young lady at the barn recently purchased a Weaver biothane halter/bridle combo and I believe it was $50. The barn manager and I like it. It looked nice. Barn manager and I purchased Taylored Tack biothane halter/bridle combo's and we both LOVE them. They are fantastic for trail riding. I tacked my horse up yesterday and had the reins clipped under the halter part. His rein is a 9' closed set so it makes a nice lead line. And it is purple. What could be better than that?
                  Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com


                  • #10
                    I have the longriders bridle/halter and reins and I like them but I do advise caution when using them. My horse went to scratch his head with his rear leg and put the leg through the rein. He panicked when he found himself stuck and went backwards through a solid fence post. THere is nothing on the bridle or reins that are meant to break. Fortunately one of the clips released and other than a nasty rope burn on his rear pastern (could have been much worse) and a downed fence line all was well. I no longer use the reins just the bridle.

                    I recently heard of a similar incident but in this instance a person on the ground was badly hurt. So, although I like the synthetics for their ease of cleaning (and I like the look as well) just be aware that they are not made to break and handle a horse using them with this in mind.


                    • #11
                      I use a tiny brass snap on at least one of the rein ends for just that reason- I want to have something that will fail.


                      • #12
                        I have 2 Taylored tack bridle/halter combos. I love them. But I think a cheaper option would be nice to occasionally have on hand.


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by JenLS View Post

                          If you're looking for a cheaper nylon Long Riders carries them: http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...roducts_id=135

                          thanks JenLS, this one looks great! Just what I was looking for.
                          It has the option of brass hardware that won't rust/corrode and that's probably the way to go.
                          Price is not bad and super easy to clean

                          I found the flat reins with the clips, too.