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    11-14-2011, 12:38 PM
  #21
Weanling
I use one of these
1/2" Yacht Braid Leads & Lunge Lines by Sunset Halters
10 foot, brass swivel snap. (Add me to the list of those who can't manage bull snaps, especially after they get a little dirt in them)

I find it perfect for my use.
It's short enough to keep control, long enough to tie around something large or to reach around behind me for that perfect smack with the built-in popper.
The loop at the top makes it easy to replace the snap when (not if) it gets broken, stuck closed, etc.
It's comfortable to hold.

Costs more, but it's worth it to me.
     
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    11-14-2011, 02:08 PM
  #22
Foal
Another kind of snap to add to the mix is the one Jonathan Field has on his leads: Jonathan Field Horsemanship.

I have this lead and prefer it to the twist-style of Parelli's. I find the twist-style tends to collect dust and dirt, making it more difficult to open over time. The one Jonathan has does take some getting used to, but is quite simple to use after a few tries.

While both are designed to break-away quickly in an emergency, I've also seen horses break bull-snaps, so that feature is pretty low on my priority list. I never tie a horse with a lead that *doesn't* have a snap, for that reason, though (just tightens if they pull).
     
    11-14-2011, 03:08 PM
  #23
Started
My favorite rope! Brute Ropes - The best lead you'll ever need!
     
    11-14-2011, 08:09 PM
  #24
Weanling
I've actually never paid much attention to the lead ropes I use - other than preferring a semi-sturdy rope and a bolt snap (add me to the don't really care for bull snaps club - they're annoying when its cold, I'm wearing gloves, the lead gets dirty, etc). I'm interested to see this debate, I never knew there was so much passion in this topic.
     
    11-14-2011, 10:54 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I, personally, love bull snaps. I won't buy a lead that doesn't have one on it, haha.
I'm the only one at my barn that uses them, but I'm also the only one normally dealing with the horses where I even need to do more than just hold the lead rope loosely. I like the fact that the bull snaps feel/look stronger than the bolt snaps I see on everyone else's leads.
And, unlike everyone else, I think the bull snaps are easier to open and hook to a lead than a bolt snap, lol.
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    11-14-2011, 10:59 PM
  #26
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by AllHorseStuff    
I did not realize how many people disliked bull snaps! I offer a choice between bull snaps and twist snaps for the lead ropes I sell, but it sounds like people prefer bolt snaps?

Bull Snap


Twist Snap


Bolt Snap


It's useless to offer something people don't like. Thank you everybody for the feedback, I'll try to make natural horsemanship lead ropes with bolt snaps from now on.

-Hadrien

If we like the twist can we still get that as an option? And would you sell me just a twist so I can repair my current line?

**ETA** Your bull snaps look like I could handle them with one hand. Most of the bullsnaps I'm used to don't have that little 'beak' that you can hook a thumb on and pull them open, they're totally smooth and frustrating.
     
    11-15-2011, 05:18 PM
  #27
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by AllHorseStuff    
Natural Horsemanship Lead ropes are designed to be an all-around training tool. You can lead, do groundwork, and lunge with these ropes. Like everything else, they offer both advantages and disadvantages.
And how does that differ from any other lunge line, other than having the NH words in front of it?

Any lunge line can be held shorter, so you can lead.
Any lunge line can be used for groundwork.
And Any lunge lunge can be used for lunging.

What am I missing?
     
    11-15-2011, 06:05 PM
  #28
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlexS    
And how does that differ from any other lunge line, other than having the NH words in front of it?

Any lunge line can be held shorter, so you can lead.
Any lunge line can be used for groundwork.
And Any lunge lunge can be used for lunging.

What am I missing?

Isn't lunging a type of groundwork anyway?

I find lunge lines much more versatile as they can be adjusted over a greater amount of lengths than what is basically an extended lead rope.
     
    11-16-2011, 08:54 AM
  #29
Trained
Both my leads are natural horsemanship leads, they are 10ft but have no snap. Both came with bull snaps which I absolutely HATE. I also dislike twist snaps and bolt snaps aren't much better.

The reason I like my NH leads is that they have the leather poppers built in so they have bite if I need to be firm. I have written my name and my horses' names on both of them.

I free lunge in a round pen rather than using any lead or line. I just find it easier to manage. My horse can't get tangled and I can't get the rope around my feet.

If I led with a 'normal' lead I would have to have a schooling whip on me the whole time I handle as my young horse can get rude and I need something that has some bite to put her in her place when she steps out of line. My older horse is always respectful in a rope halter but gets rude in a flat nylon or leather halter, and I like having that little extra just in case.

I do not, however, subscribe to NH teachings. I do not like Parelli, I don't want to handle my horse in that manner. I have used some of the PNH games and methods and have had success... I am just not into the religious "this is the only way" bull that PP and his followers spout.

I will not use a lead that is likely to give me rope burns IF my horse spits the dummy. Rope burns are painful and all horses have their moments.

Once all that has been addressed and my ropes have a) no snap, b) poppers on the end, and c) less chance of causing rope burns, I then look at colour... has to look nice on my horse after all!
     
    11-18-2011, 11:57 PM
  #30
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
**ETA** Your bull snaps look like I could handle them with one hand. Most of the bullsnaps I'm used to don't have that little 'beak' that you can hook a thumb on and pull them open, they're totally smooth and frustrating.
I hate the standard (old style) bull snaps, which I think are the ones most people do not like as well. The newer ones with the "Beak" are great!!! I feel they are much stronger than bolt snaps and easiter to work than the twist snaps. I love the fact that you can work them one handed like a bolt snap.

I (like i'm sure most of us do) have several styles of lead ropes. When working with a well trained horse I like to use a short 6-8 foot cotton or nylon lead rope. When I am workign with my 4 year old barely halter broke mare I use a 14 foot NH style lead rope (fairly light weight, good motion, and weighted end with a popper. It has a soon to be replaced twist clip on a spliced end). That rope gives me a tool to work with and that entra space with ability to still control the horse when needed. But is not so long me and my clumsy tendencies trip over it.
     

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