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post #11 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 03:16 PM
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I teach mine to ground tie. Seen WAY too many wrecks with cross ties.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
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.

f you have a good quality rope halter it will not break. I learned this the hard way. The post earlier in this thread where I mentioned Drifter had a weird, random, blind panic moment...he was tied with a quick release knot in his rope halter.

He freaked out SO bad that no one could get near him to undo the knot. He ripped down a standing stall, bent the iron pole that stabilized the structure he was tied too and dragged it 50 feet. The whole time he was screaming his head off, and throwing himself around on the ground. I honestly thought he was having a seizure. He ended up 50 feet from his original spot, half under the fence to the gelding pasture with his rope halter wrapped around his face and in his mouth.

So it was out of of place, but it DID NOT break. In fact, I wish it would have. Maybe it would have helped end his panic sooner. I still use that very same rope halter.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 04:27 PM
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^ agree with the quality statement. Our rope halters/leads cost upwards of $50 a piece and are very tough. My friend's horse was tied up with one to a stall door, and he pulled back and the stall door broke off the hinges before the halter broke. Like, a sliding iron stall door. Crashed into his front legs and he was lame for many months.

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post #14 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 04:43 PM
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Exactly Oh Vair oh! I paid about $50 for mine as well, and it came with a 3 year guarantee that it would not fray, tear, break under ANY circumstances.

They obviously meant it. Besides the fact that it took a ridiculous while to undo the knot where it has tightened during his thrashing, there was not a single mark on that halter.
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post #15 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 04:51 PM
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I've had the same one for 8 years, and it's still in near perfect condition. I love them because they make the rope so incredibly soft and pliable, it makes having feel and timing a breeze. :)

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I tie in a rope halter. Clementine used to refuse to tie (She felt claustrophobic) in a cross tie stall, but since she's started stall boarding she ties in it just fine. However, I think I'm going to stop, as I just realized something that could be potentially dangerous last time I was at the barn. The stall is made so that, about 6 inches above her head (A good distance above the average horse) is the supporting beam that runs the length of the barn. If she gets spooked and so much as tosses her head she's going to smack it on that beam. It also don't have any breakaways or safety releases, so it's a bad situation all around. I figure I'll start tying her in the bath area outside instead. For a normal sized horse I might keep doing it (with some added releases) but not for her.
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 05:18 PM
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In which case remind me not to buy a quality rope halter.
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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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post #18 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 05:29 PM
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yeap thats the reason i stick with the cheap ones. one way or another they are going to break. if my guy freaks which is rare i want him to be able to slip out somehow.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
In which case remind me not to buy a quality rope halter.
Which is why I tie in a cheap nylon! lol.

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post #20 of 22 Old 10-03-2012, 07:26 PM
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I usually ground tie my horse (mostly because he will crib on ropes- cross tied or 'regular') But when I do cross tie him I do it in the nylon halter. I reserve the rope halter for ground work.
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