Nate Eicher and Dennis Moreland explaining the function and fit of training halters

Dennis Moreland Tack Training Halters Can Give Your Colts a Head Start

Halter training a colt or young horse is one of the most important first steps in the development of a well-trained mount. As we begin to show a horse how to respond to the halter and lead, we want to be certain the communication with the horse is clear. The finer tuned your horse’s response becomes, to any pressure you apply, whether it be from your hands, body or feet, the better trained your horse becomes. Follow along on the video as Dennis Moreland visits with Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion Nate Eicher of Eicher’s Performance Horses, Brock, TX, about the benefits of using a specially designed training halter and lead to help advance young horses in their training.

“What I really like about this halter is, it has body, but it’s not too stiff and not too soft,” Nate explains. “It’s comfortable on a horse and fits a horse really well.” If a halter doesn’t fit correctly, it can’t give the colt or horse the signals it needs to respond correctly. “The lead rope is great because of the length, it’s a 14-foot lead rope, it’s got body,” Nate says. Because it’s braid on braid, when used correctly, you can use it to desensitize your horse or train your horse to give to pressure on its legs without causing a rope burn. “The end of this lead has a little extra weight so when you swing it, it’s got the weight to carry it,” explains Nate. With the weighted end on the rope, when I go to swing it over my young colts (to help desensitize them), this weight carries it really well,” says Nate.

As for the communication with your colts, “If you use a wide halter when you train a young horse, and you pull on the lead a little bit, the wide halter won’t have the feel you need for a horse that might be a little stiff. With this halter, when you pull on it, the colt will feel it really well, but yet it’s comfortable,” Nate advises.

To make signals even clearer for horses that are less sensitive, Dennis Moreland Tack makes a training halter with knots strategically placed on the noseband to put more pressure on the nose, when necessary, than a plain training halter. Nate explains, “If I have a young horse or an older horse that comes in (for training) and they’re really pushy or really leaning on me, the knots that Dennis puts in this halter are really nice because they can’t push on it nearly as much, and you don’t have to work so hard to get them to step around. This is a very nice halter for that type of horse.”

“When I teach the back-up, and here again it depends on the horse, and if I have a really feely horse, I’ll use the smooth halter. But when I have a little duller horse, if there are knots in the noseband, the halter just has a little more feel to teach them to back off of pressure” Nate explains.

“The other important thing about this lead rope is you can lunge these horses,” explains Nate. It’s long enough that I can send the horse out and the horse is out there far enough that it’s safe for me and its safe for the horse. If I want to pull a little on the rope and yield the hindquarters, this lead has the feel to do that as well,” says Nate.

Putting a good foundation on your horses is essential for their future success. This carefully designed DM Training Halter with Lead and DM Training Halter with Knots and Lead is available in weanling, yearling, small horse, horse and large horse sizes. Each is handmade of ¼-inch brown braid on braid nylon rope. The 14 ft leads are made of ¾-inch braid on braid soft nylon rope. The end of the lead is threaded back through itself to double the rope for 6 inches to add extra weight to the end. Email [email protected] or call 817-312-5305 if we can answer any questions.

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