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    11-12-2011, 05:37 PM
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Foal
Choosing The Best Lead Rope For Your Horse

Hello all,

I wrote a short article on how to pick the best natural horsemanship lead rope for your horse.

Natural Horsemanship Lead Ropes: which to choose? AllHorseStuff

Hope this helps! I'd be interested to hear what works best for you
     
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    11-12-2011, 07:49 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I just buy line at Lowes, about 14 foot and melt both ends. I find a line that feels good in my hand. About 3/4 inch diameter. I don't use any kind of snap, take the line in the halter loop, out the back, all the way around the front in the back and out the front. You can leave some hanging if you like to shorten it. Basically making a square not that is easy to untie with the halter loop. Tjis is waht I use for a training line.

For general purpose leads and ties while riding and grooming , I use a three strand braid of 1/4 line that I have left over from tieing rope halter. I domt use a snap there either, one end I weave an eye splice the other end is straight.
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    11-12-2011, 07:58 PM
  #3
Trained
I like pink ones.
     
    11-12-2011, 10:37 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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.
     
    11-13-2011, 05:08 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saskia    

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.
I've heard many people tell me the same thing about the weight of Natural Horsemanship equipment, some find it cumbersome.

Were you talking about the twist snap for the snap you dislike? The bull snap are similar to bolt snaps except that you pull same out towards you to open instead of straight down.
     
    11-13-2011, 09:08 PM
  #6
Trained
I usually go to Tractor Supply and pick out the one I think is prettiest and matches the tack I already have..

I hate cotton lead ropes. Jut my preference. I find them harder to tie and untie and that they fall apart much easier than a nylon lead rope. I believe my lead rope is 12'. But I only use my leadrope for leading and tying, so length isn't a huge deal for me.

Also hate bull snaps. I have a terrible time trying to open them and keep them open long enough to attach to a halter. Especially when it's cold and I have gloves or mittens on. I've never used a twist snap before, but I much prefer bolt snaps.
     
    11-13-2011, 09:26 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I hate bull snaps too.

I have an extremely thick cotton lead rope that's 6' long with a giant knot on the end that's perfect for thwapping a misbehaving horse.

I prefer them short, less rope to worry about the horse getting tangled in or stepping on especially if a kiddo, who isn't paying attention, is leading the horse. If I am going to lunge a horse, I use a flat cotton lunge line that's at least 35' long, not a lead rope.

That being said, I discovered the hard way that really thick cotton lead ropes can't be used to tie to a trailer. I ended up tying a beyond nervous, spastic 5yr old (his first trailer trip) to the trailer with a 40ft lunge line and that was a giant PIA! Pathetic thing is that I own at least 2 dozen thin cotton or nylon lead ropes and didn't bring any of them with us.
     
    11-13-2011, 10:03 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by AllHorseStuff    
Hello all,

I wrote a short article on how to pick the best natural horsemanship lead rope for your horse.

Natural Horsemanship Lead Ropes: which to choose? AllHorseStuff

Hope this helps! I'd be interested to hear what works best for you
I HATE bull snaps, for some reason my fingers just can't work them one handed. I have a Parelli lead rope and I LOVE it, but the twist snap broke and I need to find another one to fix it with. I actually LIKE the twist snap a lot, it works better to shank a disrespectful horse with than either the bull snaps or the regular clip snaps that come on most lead ropes. I DO like the heavier marine ropes that most of the NH guys use. For just leading and tying though, I like cotton. Doesn't burn my hands if someone gets stupid and if I have to cut it, it's cheaper than the nylon ones (I HATE THOSE) or the NH leads.
     
    11-13-2011, 10:24 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I love my 12 foot cotton braided lead rope with a bull snap on it.
     
    11-13-2011, 11:23 PM
  #10
Weanling
I pick a lead rope based first on how it feels in my hands and second on the color. I have a 6-ft rolled cotton lead in black for my mare. I've used longer leads, but have found that I don't have as much control with them. From my years at the track, I've learned to stay as close to the horse's shoulder as possible in a spook and I can go along easier in a 6-ft length. It's a personal preference for me, although I do have a much longer lunge line.
     

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