Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
• Horses: 0
In my opinoin, Rope halters tend to be a little more adjustable than nylon, which could save you some time when trying to find a halter to fit a horse's massive head.
Like smrobs said, rope halters, when "activated", can apply more pressure to the horse. I believe Clinton Anderson has a rope halter in his collection that is designed with four knots in the nose band to make resistance uncomfortable. (not painful). I've heard good things about his halters.
As for the snaps breaking, I've never seen it happen, but "sissy snaps" will break pretty easily if a horse starts getting out of control. Heavy Brass snaps are usually the safest way to go if you are concerned about this happening. (although in some situations, it is just better to have the snap break rather than have 1200 pounds of horse pull against a humans inferior power)