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post #1 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Cross-tying in a Rope Halter

Can I get some clarification on this? I've always been told to never cross-tie a horse in a rope halter, but I've seen many people do it. Is it safe?

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 12:26 AM
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I do it...

If I cross tie Drifter I loop the lead rope around his neck and just attach the clips of the cross ties to one strand of his rope halter on each side. Granted, if he were to sit back, our cross ties our attached with hay string so they break pretty easy which I prefer. I actually had Drifter tied with a quick release a few weeks ago to a hitching post and for some reason he lost his mind. Spooked majorly bad at something, still to this day do not know what set him off. He ties like a trooper but he absolutely lost his mind at that moment when he pulled back (which he usually never does) At the end of it, he had quite a few burns on his face from his rope halter. No one could get close enough to undo the quick release knot, it was terrifying. If he had been in the cross ties, the ties would have snapped and he probably would not have entered into blind panic mode.

So I think it is just one of those things.
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I do it. I don't know if I have a picture of how I do it but I will show you if I find one or take pictures next time I'm out there.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Funny... I just got done making a rope halter with special knots so I can clip reins / lead ropes / etc to the nose band. I like to ride in a rope halter and some horses need a more "literal" left and right pressure (rather than under the chin) so I made this so I could clip the reins higher. Once I get them neck-reining I start using it under the chin more.

The main problem with a rope halter and direct reining / tying / lunging / anything else that requires pressure on one side of the face is that the rope will slide and shift. It's inevitable, even with a well-fitting one (in my experience)


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post #5 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 01:30 AM
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I don't. If they freak out, there is no control over those nose knots. If I have mine in a rope halter, I will just take them to the cross tie area and just hold the leadrope. That way, if he freaks out, those knots only get used by me.
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I do all the time...i prefer the rope halters over the nylon or leather personally. They give me more control with everyday stuff plus there cheap and effective and can fit pretty much any horse any time!! So I am not going to go out and buy another halter just to cross tie them in.
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 01:55 PM
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I don't. If I'm cross tying, I will use my nylon halter, and then exchange it for my rope halter. I actually really hate cross-tying in general. I'd rather have my nylon break than my nice rope halter anyway. Plus my horse tended to "hang" his head and let the cross tie hold it up for him, the nylon was a better option because it was comfier for long grooming sessions.

I also don't tie in the trailer with a rope halter either.


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I have. She's a generally calm horse.
Though one time, I was asked to do something, and she had spooked. Luckily someone was around to help her.
She had gotten it stuck on the eye the rope was tied to. She got a little rope burn and it was hard to untie.

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YOu can use the same bailing twine to make a tie-to loop for straight tying (not cross tying). We don't have any place to cross tie, and I really dislike crossties, anyway. But, the horses are tied to a loop of bailing twine , on the big hitching rail.
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Oh that note I'm also positive the rope halter is going to break sooner than the nylon halter should the horse panic.

Just ask Ruger. When he was learning to tie he broke three.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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