I am just not liking the rope halter at all. Ours is really stiff and difficult to tie. I also don't like how it makes our bridle fit (I keep it on under the bridle because, let's face it, he's two).
The only time Aires wears his halter is if he's being led somewhere, tied for grooming/saddling, being lunged (free lunged...he refuses to lunge on a line) or if we're on a ride. In turnout, I take it off because he and my friends' arab geldings like to grab each others halters and try to either pin each other with them (Aires almost did this to Rex the other day) or tear them off. He also doesn't wear it in his stall because there's no reason.
I just want something that will hold up to a 16hh, ~1500lbs coming 3yo sitting back while tied (he doesn't do it often and he's usually tied with the blocker tie ring, so it gives) and that looks nice and neat. I really really really wish I could find a version of our old halter to fit him. *sigh*