Leather halters can certainly be cheap. You can pick up a poor quality one with a buckle chin strap anywhere. Nameplates are also really cheap, running anywhere from $8 - $20. However, the cheap leather halters don't usually fit Bobby's strangely shaped head, and I detest the buckle chin straps. So Bobby has been sporting a variety of colored nylon halters with matching lead ropes while I complained about the way they rub his nose for the ten minutes a day he has to wear them, and while I keep telling myself that eventually I'll just bite the bullet and order him a nice leather track halter.
Then, when I was digging through one of my multiple tack trunks filled with miscellaneous crap while looking for... I don't remember what before our first show of the year, I pulled out a moldy track halter that was worn by the very first baby I ever broke out.
The filly was eventually sold as a riding horse as she was deemed too small and too quiet to work for the school's racing program, but I kept her halter as a keepsake. I scrubbed the halter down, oiled it, and threw it on Bobby to see if it would fit him.
|modeled here after burgundy hollow.|
You may not think that something so small would be so hard to work with. I was deeply involved with technical theatre in high school and I can saw, drill, and build large wooden scenes in no time flat. But hand me a screw driver and a six inch piece of metal and I'm like, "......??" I eventually pried the old nameplate up with the screw driver enough that I could cut the old screws off with metal cutters--only gauging a massive hole in one of my knuckles in the process, thank you very much. Then the old holes were too small for the new screws (LOL), so I used a pre-drill bit to make them bigger and then hammered the new screws in so they were nice and snug.
|finally a little class.|