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post #11 of 18 Old 05-31-2013, 08:10 PM
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Blaine's Farm and Fleet carries polyrope. I've seen polyrope at Meijers too.
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The type of rope that I like to make my rope tack with is PNW Select Rope. There is a reason why the professional horsemen use it, just as a carpenter uses high quality tools, they do not want their "tools" to break, fatigue, etc while in the middle of a job.
True, rope halters do not break...unless, you are using the cheaper types from China, such as a lower quality fiber...like the ones you get at the hardware stores. Their utility ropes break at 400 - 600 lbs. They also do not hold up to UV rays (which horses are always exposed to the outdoors) or to the weather (rain, snow etc). Which breaks down the fibers...I've been doing a lot of research on this...
When I have asked several of the professional trainers, why they like the polyester over the other fibers...they kind of gave me a funny look...the majority responded with: "It lasts longer, more resistant to the sun and weather, withstands uric acid (urine), will not absorb water or urine as much as nylon (nylon absorbs 15 - 30% moisture, which in time creates a stiff rope) polyester only absorbs 5 - 12% moisture. Also, polyester will not stain and can be washed".

Nylon Stretches, absorbs moisture, etc. While polyester has low stretch, extremely low moisture absorption and is more resistant to all the elements the horse industry can throw its way.

So, again, the professionals are correct...I contacted PNW Select Rope to see if the guys/gals were right...once again...science supported the pro's statements.

I found PNW Select Rope (in 17 different colors) through their dealers. If you want to buy it in cut lengths, it is available through Mountain Supply, or if you want it in bulk, there is Sunset Halters, Many Miles Designs or Hardware Sales.

Again, true about the rope halters that do not break. However, if you have tied the appropriate safety knot on your lead rope, you would be saving your horse from a wreck...Rope halter or webbed halter.

Oh, and by the way...I've seen just as many horse deaths from horses wearing a webbed halter too. Horses should not be turned out with any halter. The last horse I saw that died, was scratching her jowl with her hind leg...her hoof got caught up in the webbed halter...she fought and fought, fell over, broke her neck and spine...and still could not get near her to help. They had to shoot her.

Therefore...if you are using good judgement on your tack and take any safety advice the professionals tell you, you should be Good to GO
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The type of rope that I like to make my rope tack with is PNW Select Rope. There is a reason why the professional horsemen use it, just as a carpenter uses high quality tools, they do not want their "tools" to break, fatigue, etc while in the middle of a job.
True, rope halters do not break...unless, you are using the cheaper types from China, such as a lower quality fiber...like the ones you get at the hardware stores. Their utility ropes break at 400 - 600 lbs. They also do not hold up to UV rays (which horses are always exposed to the outdoors) or to the weather (rain, snow etc). Which breaks down the fibers...I've been doing a lot of research on this...
When I have asked several of the professional trainers, why they like the polyester over the other fibers...they kind of gave me a funny look...the majority responded with: "It lasts longer, more resistant to the sun and weather, withstands uric acid (urine), will not absorb water or urine as much as nylon (nylon absorbs 15 - 30% moisture, which in time creates a stiff rope) polyester only absorbs 5 - 12% moisture. Also, polyester will not stain and can be washed".

Nylon Stretches, absorbs moisture, etc. While polyester has low stretch, extremely low moisture absorption and is more resistant to all the elements the horse industry can throw its way.

So, again, the professionals are correct...I contacted PNW Select Rope to see if the guys/gals were right...once again...science supported the pro's statements.

I found PNW Select Rope (in 17 different colors) through their dealers. If you want to buy it in cut lengths, it is available through Mountain Supply, or if you want it in bulk, there is Sunset Halters, Many Miles Designs or Hardware Sales.

Again, true about the rope halters that do not break. However, if you have tied the appropriate safety knot on your lead rope, you would be saving your horse from a wreck...Rope halter or webbed halter.

Oh, and by the way...I've seen just as many horse deaths from horses wearing a webbed halter too. Horses should not be turned out with any halter. The last horse I saw that died, was scratching her jowl with her hind leg...her hoof got caught up in the webbed halter...she fought and fought, fell over, broke her neck and spine...and still could not get near her to help. They had to shoot her.

Therefore...if you are using good judgement on your tack and take any safety advice the professionals tell you, you should be Good to GO
I'm having a hard time finding it online. Is there a website I can look at it, and possibly buy it, in by the foot lengths? All I'm finding for sale are the already made halters :p
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10 cents per foot? Now THAT'S what I need!

It's a bit thin (3/16 in) - I'll have to see if I can find it in 1/4 inch width. Or a bit thicker - it says it shrinks when it gets wet.
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10 cents per foot? Now THAT'S what I need!

It's a bit thin (3/16 in) - I'll have to see if I can find it in 1/4 inch width. Or a bit thicker - it says it shrinks when it gets wet.
I think they have more sizes, like this Supplies . ON SALE! 1/4" Soft Nylon Diamond Braid . U-braid-it . Quality braiding materials for horse tack .
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Ooooh, look at those colors! I'll definitely have to order some! (...After I use up the Poly rope I broke down and bought at Home Depot. LOL I should have waited. Impatient me!)
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Have you checked Double Diamond? They make the best rope for halters. I made mine from cotton rope since I had some. It was a trial run and I sure found out how many bad words I knew. Cotton stretches.
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