Ooh, leather halters do sound great. That's reminded me that I had one once, but it was warmblood size (I have no idea why I had that - I've never had a horse that big!) so it just sort of fell off if I tried to put it on anyone - I will have to try to find some smaller sized ones.
Inocencio actually is more easy in hand with neck rope than with halter. Halter makes him in this state of: No don't wanna!!!
Ha! Muffin is like this when I'm riding. He's much more willing to go in the direction I suggest (not always, but more often
) when he just has a rope around his neck than with anything on his head.