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How to Use a Dually Halter

By Amanda Maddox

The Dually Halter is a patented training tool created by Monty Roberts, a famous horse trainer. The concept involves a conventional halter with a double noseband made of nylon. Rings on each side of the halter make it a dual-purpose halter, thus the name Dually, for groundwork, training and riding.

Step 1

Fit your horse with the correct size Dually Halter by measuring his nose, head and cheek size, as directed by the Urban Horse website. The halter is available in extra small, small, medium and large. Generally, an extra small fits a Welsh or Shetland pony, a small fits a 13-hand pony or horse up to 15.2 hands, a medium fits a 14-hand horse with a larger head up to a 16.2-hand horse and a large fits big horses, such as draft.

Step 2

Slide the halter over your horse’s ears to his poll. The Dually Halter fits higher than a normal halter, since it does not cover the soft part of the nose.

Step 3

Attach a lead rope to the bottom ring on the halter for ground training. Teach your horse to lead, load and back from the ground using pressure on his poll.

Step 4

Snap the reins to the rings on each side of the horse’s nose when riding. When riding with the Dually Halter, use direct rein pressure. For instance, if you want your horse to move left, pull his nose in that direction with your left hand.

Items you will need

  • Lead rope
  • Reins


  • 💡 Make sure you get the correct size. Otherwise, it will not work as intended.


  • Never tie a horse using the schooling rings or allow your horse to run freely in the Dually Halter.


Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.