I had my own little short cut opportunity today when it came to blanketing the horses. I usually blanket my horses loose in the pasture but Mozzie has only been blanketed a few times and always on the halter. Since it is so dang cold I had carried the feed and blankets out together to save an extra trip. When I started to pick up Mozzie's blanket off the ground I noticed that he was not super comfortable with it moving.
So I was faced with two options: Throw the blanket on him and hope I can get it strapped on, or walk back to the barn for his halter. I choose to go get the halter. Once haltered he took it like a champ and we had a quick and positive interaction.
Had I chosen to try to blanket him without his halter there is a 99% chance that he would have spooked and I would have had to go get the halter anyway, and spend time desensitizing him to his blanket again.