In an uncharacteristic move earlier this week, Tesla pulled back at the crosstie and popped her halter
(and then proceeded to cock a leg and basically go to sleep, haha)
I had a single stirrup leather floating around in my tack box, just waiting for a second chance in life, so I decided to go ahead and put it to good use!
A halter with two crown buckles
A hole punch (or a punch & a hammer)
Sharp scissors/swiss army knife
One old stirrup leather, not reinforced
(make sure it will fit through the buckles!)
Step 1: measure out the length needed to fit comfortably over your horse's crown
(in my case, the length of my arm :)
Step 2: Use sharp scissors/swiss army knife to carefully slice the leather
(don't loose a finger at this point!)
Measure 1 inch increments from each end and hammer (or punch) out 3-4 holes.
My stirrup leather was long enough to make 2 break-aways, and I didn't even have to punch holes for the first one (cause the leather already had 1-inch spaced ones - score!)