I absolutely love my bull snaps. They're not difficult for me to get on/off and they're definitely heavy duty. All the trigger snaps I've used have gotten loose/bad springs after about a month of constant use and it's pointless for me to spend money on them when the rope's good for ages, but the snap just doesn't stay in working condition. The bull snaps with the "beak" type thing look nice, I'd love to try it out sometime. Posted via Mobile Device
That's so weird to me that trigger snaps are issues for some people! I've had my favorite lead rope, has a trigger snap, for over 4 years and the snap is still as smooth moving as it was when I first got it.
Maybe that has something to do with our climate here - really low humidity, not a whole lot of extreme weather, and I always store my lead ropes inside...
The only trigger snaps I've seen fail were over 10 years old and had been basically beaten on for the entire 10 years. Huh! :)
If given the choice, I don't like to have snaps on my lead ropes. I much prefer the lead to be tied directly to the halter...but I hardly ever remove my leads from my halters so I see no real point in having snaps on there. Plus, since I use rope halters and tie hard, a snap is a weak point that might break if a horse sits back.
But, on the 2 lead ropes that do have snaps, they are bull snaps. IMHO, they are the strongest and most long lasting and, for me, they are easier to use. There is a trick to getting them open one handed if they don't have the beak on them, but once you figure it out, you'll wonder how in the world you ever thought they were difficult. The trigger snaps work well, but like another poster said, they get really sticky and difficult to open if they happen to get sand/dirt in them.
I like trigger snaps, but there's definitely a range of quality there.
I tried using a cheap lead rope as a stall guard (came with the halter, but too short to be useful). My horse leaned against it just a little and it immediately bent out of shape and became useless.
The higher quality lead rope I got to replace it also had a (heavier duty) trigger snap. My horse ended bolting with it on (long story...) and stepped on the lead; The rope clamp failed, but the trigger snap is still 100%. I think I can still repair it if I get some big enough pliers...
One a side note, while searching google for a picture of a rope clamp, I came across this lead rope which looks like it has some kind of modified quick release snap
So thrilled I read this thread, I have had broken thumbs in the past (dogs and karate) and find the bull snaps are hard for me to open, and find the trigger snaps are a little flimsy when working with the big guys. So now I have ordered some trigger bull snaps! So my thumbs thank you! Posted via Mobile Device
I love and have those Wedns. Clips on my crossties, and wish I had them on my leadropes! Love them! For now, I just have the trigger snaps on my leads, and they work. Tend to get stuck a LOT more than my Wed. Clips though.
I detest Bull snaps. I'd kill them all if they were living.
Quick releases are okay. Not something I want on a lead, but certaintally for the trailer.
Never really thought about it. Mine are trigger snaps and are just fine, I use these lead ropes with my horses names on them, I got them for a gift years ago and they don't walk away at boarding barns when there is a big glaring "Gracie" or "Chipotle" on them :)
Thanks for the replies! I always found triggers get bunged up with rust/sand/mud so moved on to the wedns. Clips.
Some one pointed out my ropes are pretty poor quality if they break before long before the clips, and I totally agree!! Its seems impossible to get decent quality ropes in the UK. They're all pwitty pink softie-on-my-handies ropes, which break in 2 seconds should the horse lean on them! I'm quite picky about what ropes I use, but the ones I like don't seem to exist any more :'( I have to settle for mediocre ones...
Alli, you might be able to find lengths of yachting rope in a marine/boating shop. It's a bit more expensive than your average lead rope, but they are really heavy duty and they are the popular thing for leads/reins these days.
If all else failed, you can find yacht rope on ebay.