Originally Posted by smrobs
1) Rope halters are virtually impossible to break, even if a horse sits back when tied.
2) They offer more bite should you need it but are neutral on the face when you don't need that extra umph.
3) They fit a much wider range of horses. I can use the same halter on my yearling draft cross, my mature stock horses, and the extra large head of my 2 year old draft cross without having to use a nail to burn new holes in it.
4) I prefer the way that they look to flat halters, but that is all just personal preference.
1- One reason why I won't use them - in a tough situation, I would rather the hardware on the halter broke.
2- A green handler can be too rough.
3- I find very few to fit any horse, much less multiple horses
4- I've seen several horses step on the loop that you attach the halter do and trip onto their knees.
It is personal preference but I prefer NO on rope halters for general use.