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post #21 of 27 Old 05-19-2011, 08:05 PM
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Huzzah! While at the barn today, I followed the way the rope was tied and messed with the fiador knot and got the noseband much smaller so it fits so much better. The loop at the bottom is decently bigger, but certainly not huge.
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-19-2011, 08:17 PM
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Rachel, do you mean the fiador knot that connects the nose, throat latch, and lead rope loop? How do you mean tighten it?
The halter I have fits around her head well but the nose is huge, I tried the smaller size was too small around her head. I was trying to make the nose smaller which would make the loop to attach the lead rope to larger. I've used hers a few times but not enough that the knots are too tight to adjust. I also bought a rope halter/bitless bridal combo for my appy and while I have not tried it on him yet I can tell it is going to be pretty big in the nose area.
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Rachel, it seems like it would make the loop huge, but it doesn't actually make it that big. Just follow where the noseband goes into the fiador knot and pull it through until it makes the leadrope loop bigger. Takes about 4 seconds.

This is her halter now. You can just barely see the loop because her ugly brown halter blends in with the stall door, but it's straight down from the knot, obviously.
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how I make sure to have it tight is the knot at the throatlatch, I make sure it's AT the throatlatch, it puts the noseband in the sweet spot every time. Wrongly fitting rope halter is a pet peeve of mine and I am constantly fitting my sister's when she leads her horse up to saddle her.


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Po, that looks infinitely better .

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I think a huge problem is how different every horse's head shape is and how many (but not all) manufacturers have set sizes you can order in. I believe ALL rope halter should come with directions on tying correctly, correct placement and how to adjust the size.

I found my mare very difficult to fit and had to resort to learning how to tie one myself to custom make one for herself.

Though that can also be a problem as anyone can make on, the instructions are all over the web, but I don't think everyone goes past the mere instructions and looks into how it should fit, what's the best type of rope to use etc.
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post #27 of 27 Old 06-18-2011, 11:10 PM
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The throatlatch should fit in the throatlatch area and the noseband about two fingers below the jaw bone. When a nose band gets too low the cartilage can be broken if the horse should struggle against the halter. When a knotted halter is put on too low it is not functioning how it was designed.
I was wondering why the throatlatch portion of the halter should not be so low, thanks for explaining that.
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