I have a rope halter that I bought and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to tighten the part you attach the lead rope to, can anyone walk me through it or direct me to a website that might be able to help?
Following what Rachel said, if someone would care to explain how to resize a rope halter, that would be lovely. I can't remember if someone has mentioned it before. Abby's fits her head for the most part, but the nose band could stand to be a bit smaller, as it has stretched out from use, as demonstrated from this picture. It's wayyy off to the side.
PS - The horrified face is how she feels about the pictures posted in the OP.
Allie, I wish I had thought about that this afternoon. I had Denny up making a little instruction video and it would have been so easy to do another about adjusting and tying one correctly. That may be a good job for tomorrow, I'm sure he doesn't mind the alfalfa pellets he gets as payment for being my model LOL.
Po, I never have had a whole lot of luck adjusting a halter that had been used. Sometimes, you can weave some of the nose band length back through the fiador knot (just above the lead rope loop). That makes the lead rope loop slightly bigger and the nose slightly smaller. Normally if it's been used, though, the knots are too tight to re-adjust. You may have better luck searching out a new one.
Rachel, do you mean the fiador knot that connects the nose, throat latch, and lead rope loop? How do you mean tighten it?
Here is a decent diagram on how to properly tie one.
That's what I figured. I doubt I'll be using it during the summer at all. I have no idea how old that one is. Her previous owner gave it to me because that's what she rode Abby in and didn't use it otherwise.
And fail on my part, like I mentioned. I was in a hurry and when I threw the rope halter on her and tied it backwards. It didn't stay on long, just enough to saddle her, so she didn't get whacked in the face with the ends or anything.
Yep, this is how I tie mine. Ignore the knot on the wrong side; it was the first I'd made and I made it backwards . I don't like it lower on the nose; it has a different place for pressure and the possibility of the noseband slipping below the nose, or a hoof getting caught, is just too great when it's loose like that.