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Kensington Breakaway Halter with Lead

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Why We Love This

The Kensington Breakaway Halter Set with Lead is stylish and functional!


Please note, all breakaway halters will release at different degrees of pressure under different circumstances.

Favorite Features

  • Triple stitch, 1” nylon webbing with padded nose band
  • Leather breakaway at buckle and snap at throat
  • Matching 9.5 ft. 5/8” poly lead adds a touch of fashion to your everyday halter 
  • Exclusive USA made 2002 TEXTILENE ® Mesh is specially formulated to withstand fading, fire, mildew, soiling and wear and tear
  • Brass plated snaps and hardware to insure maximum strength.
Key Specifications
  • Material: Nylon webbing
  • Breakaway: Yes
  • Metal Type: Brass plated
  • Customizable: No


Pony (Pony/Yearling) - only available in Patriot Plaid
Cob (Arab/Cob)
Horse (Standard Horse)
Oversize (Warmblood/Small Draft)

Please note- sizes tend to run small. If your horse is a large cob, then you should consider ordering a Horse size halter. If your horse is a large horse, then you should consider ordering an Oversize size halter.

Halter Size Crown Piece
(ring to middle hole)
Cheek Piece Nose Band Throat Latch
Pony 12 1/2" 5" 8" 10"
Cob 16 1/2" 6 1/2" 9" 13"
Horse 18" 7" 11" 14"
Oversize 20 1/2" 7"  11" 14"
What Customers Say:


Material Nylon webbing
Breakaway Yes
Metal Type Brass plated
Width 1"
Special Features Padded noseband for comfort
Customizable No
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    Kensington Breakaway Halter with Lead is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 163.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looked and felt cheap I was disappointed in this halter . The picture looked like it would be perfect for my handsome gelding. The fabric looked "shiny" and the hardware an unusual color and feel. The breakaway leather looked very thin and cheap. Also the lead rope was not the quality I look for. I returned it and I am still looking for the perfect breakaway halter.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super high quality! I bought this one month ago so the only thing I'm concerned about it the metal attachments which are now a shiny brass color rusting. Other than that it's held up great and super nice!
    Date published: 2016-10-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Break away strap not well made I love the plaid halter, but returned it because the break away strap was not made of sturdy material and hardware. Also, the ring under the chin jingled causing too much noise when a lead line is attached. It would be great if this plaid halter could be made as a typical halter without the break away strap and with better quality brass hardware that would wear well. If your horse usually takes a horse large, you may have to size up to extra large as I had to do with my 1300 lb. Andalusian gelding.
    Date published: 2016-09-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice halter but... Had this (extra large) in the purple for about a week before my large 5 year old was turned out in it and promptly broke it. It is a pretty, study halter, but the breakaway piece is really flimsy. It does its job, but I suspect too well, having already replaced it with a replacement piece of filmy leather from SP. Also, when I went to put the replacement leather on after the halter sat in my tack trunk for a week, the brass rings were already rusting! Agh
    Date published: 2016-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great halter. Durable and good looking
    Date published: 2016-06-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Blue plaid breakaway Cob size halter with lead I bought the breakway halter earlier this month for the dressage pony I'm leasing. Unfortunately, Annie has two small scrapes on both sides of her face. She is hard to catch at times and needs to wear a halter most of the time.
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Very well made and attractive halter and lead. Seems to be very sturdy---more so than others I have tried. Fits well on my TWH and I bought the horse size.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very attractive halter & lead Very attractive halter & lead, good price too. However this halter is very heavy. Three layers thick. The plaid layer is applied over 2 layers of the black material.Also, the breakaway tabs at the crown piece seemed a bit skimpy for the wt. of the halter. I returned it for another halter. Just too heavy for my guy. If you like a heavy halter, this one's for you.
    Date published: 2016-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice quality and pretty We are really happy with this halter. We bought the blue plaid which looks great and fits well. I did get the extra breakaway strap due to the other reviews but have not needed to use it. The one it came with has worked fine.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the halter! I am VERY happy with the halter but found the lead line too long. I drape the lead line over my mare when loading her into and out of the trailer; I was afraid she would step on it. I cut almost two feet off and now it's perfect (aside from the ugly end that I burned and wrapped with thread).
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very handsome! I love the way this looks on my Gelding! The only issue is the fit. It's a little tight in the throat latch and it's a little short. I'm worried the next size up would be too big though.
    Date published: 2015-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pretty I love this halter and lead rope. The colors and design are perfect. The quality is great. It seems like they will hold up for years.
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! My mare looks gorgeous in her new halter and lead set!
    Date published: 2015-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many adjustments available I have bought these halters for many years for all my horses. The adjustments are nice, especially on the nose band, so that they fit the horse's face properly. The breakaway feature is a must. The colors and plaids are exception. They last forever and wash up nicely. If you are wondering, I recommend getting one.
    Date published: 2015-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality This halter is very well made, and has a great fit. The padded noseband and slightly stiffer sides make it very easy to slip on.
    Date published: 2015-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Kensington Quality I bought this for my daughters import. He is very hard on his gear, as he is only 4 yrs old. Very nice to have the security to know, this halter will break away if he gets into trouble. Really looks nice with his coordinating protective sheet!
    Date published: 2015-07-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the color, not the quality I was very excited to get this as the pink plaid is really cute, but I was quickly disappointed with the large brass buckles and just the strength of the halter in general. The lead rope was like yarn, not substantial. A rare miss from SmartPak.
    Date published: 2015-07-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beautiful but CHEAP hardware didn't last a season I have a 12 yo gelding who is turned out during the day in his halter. It looked well made, but broke in less than 3 months. I have to say I've never seen such flimsy hardware--how do you break real metal? (Note the piece that should hold this buckle in is completely missing...which also means there's an inch-long piece of gold "metal" somewhere in their pasture that could skewer a hoof. That will be fun to go try to find in 20 acres.) Usually I only have to replace a halter every couple of years and that's just because it starts to look faded or frayed, but like others said, Kensignton really cut corners on the hardware. Interesting, in re-reading the description it just says "brass plated hardware"--plated what? Wouldn't buy or recommend Kensington again after this experience, which is a shame because the rest of the halter still looks new and was gorgeous on. Just can't trust the safety if it breaks this easily under regular wear. Thanks Smartpak for standing behind this purchase. You guys are always great.
    Date published: 2014-12-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bummer! I was so excited to get these halters and put them on my horses. They are so pretty! Like everyone else said, the breakaway pieces are not strong, so I had to replace them soon after getting the halters. Now about a year later, the hardware is completely rusty on one of my halters. My horses are not turned out with halters and the halters are kept out of the elements. This was a big bummer! The halter looks terrible and I will soon have to replace it.
    Date published: 2014-10-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty and that is about it Not impressed with the leather breakaway halter. It is VERY weak and a replacement leather strap costs only 3 bucks but to buy only a replacement costs a lot after shipping is included! The padded nose band has cracked within two mths. This halter is very eye appealing and would be good for just basic pasture wear but not for anything more then that (ie; tie up for tacking up, trailering), not worth the 50 bucks. Lead rope is very durable and soft in your hands. Wish this would have worked out. Happy that SmartPak will take it back, even after 6mths!!I have a draft cross and purchased this in the pink.
    Date published: 2014-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great halter with nice looks I have been using this halter for over a month now and it has been great. I think it will last for years. I find it to be thicker and higher quality than other, cheaper halters. I originally ordered the X-large for my 16.3 hand warmblood cross based on other people's reviews. My horse does not have a large warmblood-like head. I ended up having to exchange the halter for a size Large. This one fits him perfectly. It looks very nice too.
    Date published: 2014-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! This halter is just perfect. The material is easy to clean off mud and dirt and the latch is easy to open and close. I love that there is padding and this halter looks great on my horse. The breakaway piece has not broken over the last 4 months with daily turnout. I get lots of compliments on this halter. I love this halter and definitely recommend it!
    Date published: 2014-08-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kensington I just put it on my horse and on the second day the nut and bolt can apart . really liked it when I got it, but I am sending it back and getting a baker one.My friend when and ordered Kensington the same day I put it on my horse.
    Date published: 2014-08-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from WORST BREAKAWAY PEICE I bought this for my lesson horse. It looks good on him however he broke the brake away piece in the pasture. And when I ordered the replacements they are smaller and the screws fall off so easy! I might try using a screw driver but not to terribly happy with the purchase.
    Date published: 2014-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy but runs large! I just received this halter and took it out to my horse today. I ordered the large and it is too big. I buckled the poll strap and the chin strap on the last holes and it was still too big. But I can tell it is sturdy and well made so I'm just going to exchange it for a medium. I really like the halter itself. For reference, my horse is a 15.1hh TB mare. She is pretty fine boned, but has a longish head. I am sure the medium will fit her perfectly.
    Date published: 2014-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad I bought this a couple of weeks ago with the usual great Smartpak service (got it in a few days). It looks nice but when it gets wet it really grows, I almost need to tighten it a hole everywhere after I hose my horse. That's annoying because if my mare is out in the rain, it might get too loose and get caught on something. The other thing is that some of the metal paint is already wearing off already. My horse wears her halter while she's turned out, including rain as long as there isn't a thunderstorm, so the weather is probably playing it's part in that. Overall decent for the price, I won't buy it again though.
    Date published: 2014-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Daughters Favorite Halter Ever!! My daughter is collecting the Smart Pink items for her horse and She just loves this halter! It looks great on her bay Arabian and it has held up well for the last year. I love the Pink Plaid, Padded Noseband and Breakaway Crown. This is something she uses everyday!
    Date published: 2014-06-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Distinctive and looks great! I bought this recently so can't speak to durability, but it is a great looking halter and lead rope combination. Everyone who sees it comments on how nice it is. Of course, it's still very clean so that could be part of it. I really like the cushioned nose band. The hardware works smoothly. The only negative I have is that the faux leather bits really look like faux leather.
    Date published: 2014-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome fit. Runs a bit big so I ordered a size down. Very sturdy and great colors.
    Date published: 2014-05-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Has there been a change in the lead rope? I bought the Kensington halter and lead rope a year ago and loved it. I am still using it today, however, the new one that I purchased a month ago has the lead rope totally falling apart already. Sorry to see that you changed it as it was so wonderful before.
    Date published: 2014-05-01
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