Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
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.