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post #11 of 50 Old 10-22-2012, 12:22 AM
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post #12 of 50 Old 10-22-2012, 01:51 AM
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Or you can go to any hardware store and find some "1/4 inch double braid poly rope" in a color you like and follow this link to instructions on how to make your own.

Rope Halter with Fiador Knot

There are two different sets of instructions for two different ways to tie a rope halter. I like the first one.

It can be complicated and confusing the first time or two, but it's not too terribly difficult to figure out with a bit of practice...especially if you have ever done macrame.

Edit to add: Most of the 1/4" rope bundles are 100 feet and cost about $15. You only use about 20 feet of rope for each halter, so you can make 5 halters from one bundle. About $3 each!!
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I have offered to email people instructions on how to tie them, the only difference would be to add the extra couple of knots. I would attach them in a PM on the forum but don’t know how, hence my offer to email the instructions as an attachment as an email. Yet, no one seems to have taken up the offer, maybe people think Ill email them something dodgy or something. Anyway I will, instead make an album on my profile page about how to make them. The pictures might be a bit small though. Anyone who spends more than 10 bucks for one of those halters is insane.
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ok seems I can't upload pictures now :(
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Anyway, the offer still stands, if anyone wants the instructions on how to tie the rope halters I have diagrams that describe exactly how to do it, and I can give you recommendations on the best types of rope I think to use. I have made plenty of them for people from rope as various as nylon to hemp and poly rope and they are all fine, depending on what you are doing with them. I have never made the CA version, but as far I can tell all it needs is a couple of extra knots tied over the nose band. I'm willing to just give the instructions away because they don't belong to Clinton Anderson or Pat Parelli or anyone else who appends their name to them, people have been using the things for probably centuries and for them to charge exorbitant fees for the things I think is a crime.
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You are paying $70 for $3 dollars worth of rope, 30 minutes worth of knot tying( to get them looking good), and a name.
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I'd love to get those instructions

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Anyway, the offer still stands, if anyone wants the instructions on how to tie the rope halters I have diagrams that describe exactly how to do it, and I can give you recommendations on the best types of rope I think to use. I have made plenty of them for people from rope as various as nylon to hemp and poly rope and they are all fine, depending on what you are doing with them. I have never made the CA version, but as far I can tell all it needs is a couple of extra knots tied over the nose band. I'm willing to just give the instructions away because they don't belong to Clinton Anderson or Pat Parelli or anyone else who appends their name to them, people have been using the things for probably centuries and for them to charge exorbitant fees for the things I think is a crime.
Can you please the email those instructions to me? Please let me know if there is any problem emailing as I'm new to this forum.

Thank you so much in advance.
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post #18 of 50 Old 10-23-2012, 04:38 PM
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I dislike CA rope halters.

The rope is stiff and abrasive. The mare I work with used to use that rope halter. Not any more now that it rubbed her skin raw on her nose as we did work. Never did it before till now.
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Anyway, the offer still stands, if anyone wants the instructions on how to tie the rope halters I have diagrams that describe exactly how to do it, and I can give you recommendations on the best types of rope I think to use. I have made plenty of them for people from rope as various as nylon to hemp and poly rope and they are all fine, depending on what you are doing with them. I have never made the CA version, but as far I can tell all it needs is a couple of extra knots tied over the nose band. I'm willing to just give the instructions away because they don't belong to Clinton Anderson or Pat Parelli or anyone else who appends their name to them, people have been using the things for probably centuries and for them to charge exorbitant fees for the things I think is a crime.
I, too, would appreciate these instructions.
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Yes, the CA is stiffer and has more knots. I got my first rope halter at tractor supply, stiffer rope, less knots, worked fine. I have a parelli one which is softer, less knots and works fine too, but that's because my horse and I are more exp now. I suggest stiffer material to start with, and yes you can get nice ones on ebay. It will depend on your horse whether attached lead with no metal snap will be effective. I did fine without the extra metal, but the best lengths are 12 ft parelli, or 15, CA. 12ft is more manageable. Any shorter your horse will not have room to drift, and you will have less room to step away but still remain connected and in control if things get ugly.

No matter what kind you use, it won't not be effective unless you understand how and when to apply and release pressure--"it is the release that teaches"

Hope that helps and good luck.
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