What Size Halter Should I Get for My Horse?

Clinton Anderson from Downunder Horsemanship has developed a way to train horses, regardless of their past problems or traumas. It all begins with training the owners so they can gain their horses’ respect and understand how to properly control them. Join Clinton on his weekly endeavors of tackling some of the most challenging situations with problem horses, and problem owners. This week, we watch as Clinton answers another listener question.

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This week’s question comes from Andy in Indiana. Andy wants to know what size halter you should get for your horse and how to choose the right one. Starting with the right halter size and placement is key to experiencing success with your horse, no matter what training method you’re using.

Clinton explains that his Downunder Horsemanship halters come in eight different sizes, from newborn foal to draft. The variations in sizes are meant to accommodate horses and provide a correct fit that ensures safety and comfort. To find the best fit for your horse, use the sizing guide on the Downunder Horsemanship website. Speaking in general terms, for most adult stock horses, the average size halter is the best fit. Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds generally use a large size and draft breeds need the draft size. On the other hand, Arabs tend to have a pretty small head and fit best in a small size halter. If, after measuring your horse and following the sizing guide, you’re stuck between two sizes, choose the larger size. It’s better to have a halter that’s a bit large rather than one that’s too tight.

Clinton gives us an example using his yearling halter. You should keep in mind that foals will grow out of their halters pretty quickly, similar to how young children grow out of their clothes quickly. So, always check your halter size on a growing horse. As long as you can get two or three fingers on either side of the halter and underneath it, the halter is a good size. Anything less is too tight and can lead to a lot of discomfort or even injury in some cases.

When using the halter, adjust it on your horse’s head according to what you’re doing with him. If you plan to tie your horse up, make sure the halter is nice and high on his face. If you’re going to do groundwork, drop the halter down on his nose so that it rests just above the pressure points to produce more leverage during training. Always tie the halter correctly so that the tail is pointing backwards.

The Method is the key to getting the most out of your partnership with your horse and we want everybody to experience the difference it will make. Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship Method is a comprehensive training program that will streamline your journey to becoming a great horseman. Gain access to all of the training material through three different levels by joining our No Worries Club. Start your digital training experience today. Visit our homepage and download the Downunder Horsemanship app to experience the Clinton Anderson method in a whole new way. You can also purchase any of the halters seen on today’s show on our website.

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