Originally Posted by mselizabeth
Is it really that necessary to buy two leadropes and halters? Everyone says it is, but he wont be turned out with it on and I have a place to keep my stuff locked away from everyone else.
You'd be surprised how easily horse stuff breaks, especially lead ropes. Sometimes all it takes is the horse to pull back once and the snap breaks. After you've had a horse for a while you'll probably find you have close to two of everything. You think that you are paying a premium and it will last for ages but even the best horse stuff breaks easily. I also find leadropes are useful for many things, like as a makeshift "gate", to secure buckets, to wrap up your rugs, or just when you need to catch someone else's horse etc. I don't think you can ever have too many lead ropes. Even when I don't have a horse I carry a leadrope in my car, great for clipping down my boot when I am carry stuff that sticks out the back.
To me though, its the function that is important. I have a nice rope halter and 12 foot braided heavy rope that I use for general ground work, catching my horse, leading around etc. Then I have a standard webbing halter and cheap colourful lead rope which is good for tying up, or if I need to leave my horse in a yard or stable with a halter (like when the farrier comes if you can't be there) or to attach to a neck rug when turned out. I much, much prefer rope halters and long leads, but they're not going to break when a horse pulls back and I think they put a lot of concentrated pressure on the face. Saying that though I probably have more than two of each variety.
Just buy as you go, I'm sure you'll "need" heaps of new things soon. Although maybe like add a towel to your list. In case he is wet, or you need to clean his face, or wipe something or dry something. Very useful.