A few years back I attended a clinic with a Parelli trained instructor and was amazed at how many halters, leads and sticks had sold by the time the clinic was over. The women were almost squabbling over who got what color. I made a rope halter and the process brought out the worst in me. There is a rope halter that has a plastic core which stiffens when temps get around freezing. Mine lasted about 6 years because the core was deteriorating and lost flexibility even when tossed in hot water. It became impossible to do up. It was a freebie so I got my money's worth.
Just thought of something. CA and PP halters are made of Double Diamond rope which is a high quality rope. The stuff isn't cheap. The cheaper halters are made of a similar looking rope but not the same. I've found the cheaper versions to be a bit stretchy if the handler pulls on the lead.
I guess I'm going to disagree here. Our CA halters have lasted alot longer than the standard cheaper Mustang and Weaver halter and lead rope combos we've had. (3yrs on CA compared to 1yr for the others). The cheaper ones have either broken or dry rotted.
Also, I don't know what kind of rope it is, but it is really strong. We had a big paint that my sister was working on decide it didn't want to be tied to the trailer anymore. He tried to break free by sitting down on his back end and pulling. He bent the metal on the trailer (which is steel), but the rope didn't break. (FYI-paint is fine, hasn't tried that particular trick since then)
I'm not a name brand person, but it is a good quality product.
People can preach that the cheapies won't last, but I'll tell ya'll now that the $7 rope halter (nothing fancy) I got off of Chicks has made it through one bucking problem horse, and colt breaking of two other young horses who were NOT easy on their halters (you should see how many pieces Indie has torn her previous halters into! It amazes me).
I still use it, it's going on 6 years old and been through hell... I'd say it was well worth my $7
We're not easy on our halters, but this one still looks near-new, I LOVE it.
The rope is stiffer then pretty much all the other rope halters out there. I have a couple of his halters and love them, the rest I got from Half Circle Ranch. They are the same thing but the guy there makes them and they are WAY WAY cheaper....like $20 vs $70+.
I have to admit that I am finding this whole rope halter thread kind of bemusing. As if all rope halters aren’t the same, and as if there are “brand name ones” and non-genuine ones, and that there may or may not be some correlation between price and how long/well the halter lasts. If one is talking about the Pat Parelli or the Clinton Anderson version of these halters there is no difference essentially, there may be a knot or two in different places, and then there are the ones that people invent themselves with knots right round the nose band for whatever reason; but they are all essentially exactly the same thing. The knots are the same (thought I have seen a version that has some weird knots that suggests to me that the person making it didn’t know how to tie the proper knots), the fit on the horse/type of horse that gets to wear it should be the same, its only the material that the halter that is made of that differs. If you get the right materiel they are good to train a horse with and they will out last you and your grand children, I have made heaps of them for plenty of people, but mine that I actually bought off the guy who taught me to ride/train horses, (he is an awesome saddler too and when he gave me the halter he also taught me to make them myself, so he wasn't in it to get rich) but the point is I bought it off him 18 years ago and its still going strong to this day and it has seen some work, and I mean real work, not just trail riding or whatever but used for training horses and in day to day use when I was a ringer working on cattle stations around p-arts of Australia. Throw out this idea that if you buy the Clinton Anderson or the Pat Parelli version or a “cheap knock of” they will last any different. Make the thing yourself from the right stuff and it will be the last halter you ever spend a cent on, it all comes down to what you make them out of.
That's true. CC and PP take a good product and slap their name on it. You are paying for the "Brand". You could go out and find something cheaper if you know what you are looking for and have the time to look especially if you have access to the internet. I'm not real comfortable buying things online or from a catalog though, not unless I've seen them 1st hand or have a recommendation from someone I trust.
Yes, CA halters are expensive, but they aren't junk either.
Andrew, obviously you don't know me. 2D I can work with, but I totally suck at 3 dimensional design. There is no guarantee by any means that if I made a something myself that it would turn out better quality.