Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Not something I'd do on a trail ride. I won't ride in a knotted halter. My concern is if there is any pulling on the rope, the knots will deaden the nerves as there is little muscle and no fat. At first I tho't knotted halters were great but not so sure any more. We used to find knotless rope halters worked quite well with no risk of nerve damage.
That's a good perspective.. I'll seek one out!
I'm really interested in riding without hand. I used to ride without hand but then my horse never stayed on the rail. But I really want to try with a halter and then one day without anything. Or maybe I'll ride without anything once a week w/t and see how we do. Just have to be careful because the boarders love to leave all the gates open.. even if you close them, they open them again :/