03-26-2012, 12:43 PM
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I never use thin halters, because I find them to be un-needed pain. If your horse is leaning or jerking against you, it's a respect issue, and you should correct is the right way- not by stabbing your horse in the most sensative part of his nose. It's like wrapping thread around your finger as opposed to yarn. With either one someone can pull you around by your finger, but the thread is going to feel uncomfortable with even the slightest pressure, whereas the yarn only will when you pull violently back.
I do use stiff halters sometimes, for stallions and horse that I am training, but I never ever tie a horse by a stiff halter. So my ideal choice in a rope halter would be a thick cotton or parachute cord halter with no extra knots.
Should you carry it in your store? Its your choice. People will buy it, and many of them will do so because as you said, it looks 'prettier' to them. More delicate. In the article that you gave a link to, I really don't think that any of that information is really useful or valid. I would not offer a four-knot,stiff-thin rope halter to someone with a push horse. Rather, I'd hand them a nylon halter, a hard hat, and go tell them to find a trainer.