Home depot didn't have the kind of rope I wanted (nor did lowe's). Only the prickley stuff or it was way too thick. I had to go to an Army Surplus store. I hear the best kind is to go to a yacht/boating type store but i haven't tried that yet.
I'm in love with the Clinton Anderson type rope halters with the 2 extra knots on the nosebands... does anyone have any idea how to make those?
I just made my first two rope halters.... The double overhand knot is more complicated when you're making the Clinton Anderson kind with four knots.... you have to figure out which way they go and everything so that the rope doesn't twist wrong. It took me forever to get that one done........prolly cus I'm a perfectionist and because the instructions I used didn't help too much, but I finally got it done and gave it to my friend for her birthday... then I made myself one w/o the extra knots and it took like 10 minutes........ then I added some mecate reins and now I have a handy hackamore.......the fiador knot is pretty difficult too......
Edit: The knot you used in your halter isn't a fiador knot, so if the next time you want one look it up on google....It's a pretty snazzy knot and it works a lot better too!! I got my rope from Orcheln's it was 100 ft for $10. It's 1/4 poly not exactly sure the specific type, but they sell it in bundles and I love it to death, it's not too soft and not too hard and ties wonderfully. I also made myself a bridle out of it, but it's not quite done. By the way does anyone know the lengths of western throatlatches and browbands?
I actually was just browsing around Meijer for clips and found that rope in the same section and it came in a 50ft pack so me and my mom both had enough rope to make a halter. It is smooth and pliable but still strong to hold its shape, its a type of poly rope but its not the icky rough kind like you mentioned. If you have a TSC near you go there and ask to see their 1/4" ropes. They have one there thats like 20c per foot.
edit: My best bet would be to measure your horses browband area or just do an ears-shape if you are unsure. For the throatlatch measure it, and then add an inch and a half for breathing room.
Yeah, I haven't been out to the barn forever, and none of the horses are mine so I'm not really brave enough to go measure them... Also I need it to fit multiple horses so i need prolly an average or above average size.
I'm pretty happy with the rope I have. I don't like really soft rope because I like harder ropes that encourage the horse not to lean on it as much. That's just my preference. I personally don't like TSC because around here their prices are double that of local shops. And the nearest one is an hour away, but next time I'm in town I'll look for their rope. I'm always ready to improve and try something new.
All that's in my town is a school, bar, general store, gas station, meat locker, shirt store, and two mortuaries......lol I know Podunk....
we drive 15 miles to this Farm Supply store though.....I like it, but that's pretty much all we have around here for horses enless I want to drive an hour and a half....