Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I like 12 ft ones but I don't use them for lunging really, maybe sending around in a circle or two but I think they are too short for actual lunging.
I used to have the heavy "natural horsemanship" style ones, with the red or other coloured flecks on a white rope, and one of those really heavy clips. Then I got a rope halter made with this other company, and got a matching 12 ft lead, and its thinner than my old ropes, and handles much better. Lighter, but still heavy enough. It has a loop of rope spliced over at the end, and you just feed the rope through it to attach it. I like this more than clips because I think the clips are just too heavy, and often quite clumsy. If I feel I will need to unclip it regularly I just use a caribiner between the rope and halter, that way I can also replace the clip if it rusts or breaks, instead of having to replace the whole rope.
I think the big thing is how you like it. I've seen many ropes that just didn't feel right, they were too thick, too heavy, too rough. It's not that complex, its just rope, but some just feel better than others. Pretty much all of them will do the job, just some will be better for you.
Pick one with a good clip though, if you get a clip. I really can't stand those ones, I think they're called bullsnaps, but they seem to be on so many long leads. I like bolt snaps more but they seem to rust and break easier.