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    12-05-2012, 11:57 PM
I always do groundwork with my mare in a rope halter, and occasionally go for trail rides in it. I prefer my bitless if I plan to do a bit more just because it gives clearer directions than having the leadrope tied into the chinknot. I really dislike flat halters because she leans into them and they have no feel.
"Are you one of those natural horsemanship nutjobs?"
- so true. The minute I start talking about how I use rope halters and bitless bridles, people give me 'that look'. Try explaining to them why you keep your horse outside all the time and don't put shoes on.
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    12-06-2012, 05:52 PM
I only use it in the pasture when I ride bareback. My horse is too nutty to actually ride her with it. Sometimes the only way to stop her is one rein stopping and that's hard to do at a gallop with a rope halter! She's 24 and the trainers that have worked with her say she old and deal with it, lol. I wish I could just ride with a rope halter!
    12-06-2012, 06:07 PM
Okay -- this may be a stupid question. How do you all tie your reins or attach them to the rope halter? Any pictures would be great! I usually just clip reins to the side, but I heard this was confusing to the horse.
    12-06-2012, 11:28 PM
There is a loop at bottom of rope halter, where the lead rope is clasped to it. I fold end of lead rope over and feed it through bottom halter loop, creating another loop, then I insert end of rope through that loop and tighten. I then feed the excess few inches of rope through the carabiner which is what I use for a lead rope clasp.

Not sure if I explained that well and the pictures I have already uploaded to photobucket don't really show it clearly. I can take pics tomorrow to demonstrate if it would help.
    12-06-2012, 11:36 PM
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I <3 biothane!

I ride my mare in one BECAUSE she's nutty! Maybe a different kind of nutty. Bits make her claustrophobic; she likes freedom of the jaw or everything gets tense. She isn't a take-advantage-and-run-off kind, or anything dangerous. Just anxious.

I'll take a picture of my set up tomorrow! Always tie both reins on the bottom chin loop. Putting them on either side causes sliding around of the halter and confusion for the horse.

Here's the only picture I have on this computer of my halter/rope thing. Not very helpful. XD Notice no metal parts. It's just rope tied to the chin loop of a halter. Head shot soon.

    12-07-2012, 02:11 AM
This is how I learned to do mine. I prefer to use a rope without a clip, and if you use a thinner than normal lead rope it's not as clunky.
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    12-07-2012, 02:30 AM
I will ride my mare in one if I'm feeling super lazy (I use cheap $5 rope halters at the barn instead of her $150 bronc halter so no one steals them) because she is a finished reiner, very broke, there is no reason for her not to be responsive to anything I put on her.

Some horses just respond better to no bit. Some horses like bits with a lot of gag because of the poll pressure. Others don't because they don't like poll pressure. Some horses like ports because they respond better on the palate, others don't because they don't like the pressure on the palate. Some horses respond to nose pressure, other's don't as well. For me, rope halters aren't legal to compete in and my horses all aren't fans of nose pressure and like softer bits instead which is fine by me. I one had arabs who really liked the nose pressure, but since they couldn't be shown in a halter they got some light little S hackamores.

Personally, it's preference to the horse, not me.
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    12-07-2012, 09:46 AM
For those of you who ride in knotted halters. How much flesh ie muscle and fat is under those knots - zero. How many nerves to you think run under there - many. When you pull on one or both reins what is this doing? Just something to think about.
    12-07-2012, 01:09 PM
I found a couple pics on my computer that may help show how the knot is tied.

    12-07-2012, 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
For those of you who ride in knotted halters. How much flesh ie muscle and fat is under those knots - zero. How many nerves to you think run under there - many. When you pull on one or both reins what is this doing? Just something to think about.
I agree completely. It is almost as bad as being inside a horse's mouth.

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