I was going to say no, but in all honesty, 65$ for a rope halter and a good quality lead is actually a fair, if not good, price. A long rope lead of the kind that is used (the very heavy kind, and 15 ft) is very expensive. A good rope halter, somewaht stiff with metal coverings on the ends to stop fraying, will cost about 35$ here, just by itself. The lead would be about 50$ on it's own, around here. So, from my perspective, the cost is not the issue.
If you have a good quality rope halter and lead, use the one you have.
The "handy" stick , I don't know. I just prefere a dressage whip, and the lower teh quality the better, for this use.