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post #1 of 11 Old 06-27-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Rope Halters Which Brand or Type to Choose

Looking a changing from nylon halters with buckles to using rope halters on aduult horses and not the little ones(heard they don't fit to well on young horses).Doing some reading there are all types of brands and sizes. Is one brand really better over another?? Also I have several lead ropes already so don't really need any that have them attached(unless someone changes my mind). Thanks for all the advice
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-27-2014, 03:06 PM
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It's been a long time since I have bought a rope halter. I started making my own since I couldn't find any that were what I was looking for. They're actually pretty easy to make once you know how to.

One thing I will tell you though is to stay away from this one: Professionals Choice Rope Halter w/Lead - Horse.com
I had one several years ago and it got really stiff and it started rubbing against itself and shredded the rope.

As for the rope halters on young ones, I have never had an issue with that. I find they fit a large variety, including small horses. I had been using a rope halter on Jinxx since he was one and it was a full sized rope halter. I also used a full size rope halter on a mini once. Wasn't the best, but it got the job done.
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I looooove Sunset Halters for my rope halters. The people who make them are absolutely wonderful and the halters are top quality.
They are on the bit more expensive side, but you absolutely get what you pay for - no stretching, no color fading, no fraying, etc.
I have one that my mare had for...at least 3 years and it still looks brand new. I just got a new one for my new gelding and his is just as quality as the mare's is.
I also have reins from them that I won in a contest. They are also AMAZING. They're 10ft, weighted, trail reins and they are my absolute favorite [they're the reins in my avatar haha].
Basically, I've never gotten something from Sunset that wasn't absolutely top-quality.

And their return policy is just awesome. I had an issue the first time I ordered from them [ordered the wrong halter in the wrong color - 100% my fault] and I contacted them to see if I could pay to send it back and buy the halter I truly wanted - they paid for me to ship the halter back, switched the order to the halter I actually wanted [which was $3 more expensive] at no cost to me, and paid to ship the correct halter to me. They actually lost money on that transaction, but that wasn't an issue for them at all. Their goal was to make sure I, as the accidentally really high-maintenance customer, was satisfied and happy. They were polite and wonderful throughout the entire thing!
Because of that, I will ALWAYS recommend them and they gained a customer for life.

Here's their halter page.
Rope Halters by Sunset Halters

I prefer the 1/4" Yacht Braid halter because it's really soft, yet gets the job done.

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You can Google how to make a rope halter. Then you can make them out of whatever type of rope you want and at a cheaper price than the name brand ones.

Personally, I would stay away from the stiff and thick rope. I like the rope to be soft. You don't need knots on the nose.

When you do use a rope halter, make sure you tie it correctly. There is a right and a wrong way. The wrong way can lead to you not being able to undo the knot if the horse pulls on the halter.
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the thinner the rope, the sharper the bite.

I jsut used Double Diamond? Works just fine. I actually like the halter to be a tiny bit stiff. It makes it easier to put on.
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I have read in several places that you don't need to leave rope halters on all the time. Why would that be?
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Rope halters shouldn't be left on when the horse is turned out or unattended for long period of time. They don't break. Nylon or leather halters are more likely to break but don't always. If the horse should happen to get tangled or caught up on something while having a halter on and unsupervised, they can get severely injured.

When we ride for a long period where we might want to tie the horses up for a while, we leave a rope halter on under their bridle.
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I don't like rope halters because I find it more to fiddle with in the fastening than a buckle halter. I did win a nice Double Diamond one though, nice texture to the rope, so when I have an extra nano second, I do use it, lol.

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^^ I agree for everyday handling. We buy nylon halters with a clip on the throat latch. We leave the poll strap buckled and the throat latch loose. Then all you have to do is slip it on their head and they're ready to go. If the horse has a tendency to pull, then we do up the throat latch.
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I've made quite a few of my own rope halters. I would go to the farm store and pick up some cheap 1/4" rope to make it out of (horses will lean on it less than the 3/8" rope). I double teamed a couple sets of directions. If you want to make one well yourself I'd recommend making sure you use double overhand knots and the fiador knot. It's pretty tricky to get all the knots laying nice though since you have to make sure the first part of the double overhand knot is in the right direction.

However, if you want something that will work better and last I would definitely recommend yacht braid. I LOVE it. I bought my halter I use now on sale at Chick Saddlery online years ago. There are lots of trainers that sell yacht braid halters, but they will be very pricey. Yacht braid is yacht braid in my opinion, so if you find a good deal on a yacht braid halter that is what I would recommend!
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