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  • Clinton anderson rope halters non clip leads

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    12-19-2012, 01:55 PM
The lead I have does not have the snap it has leather strings on the end and my rope halter has held up pretty well considering the price :)
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    12-19-2012, 01:55 PM
Thanks Joseeandjade and tinyliny! I think I'm going to stick to my rope halter and maybe get the lead line!
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    12-19-2012, 02:06 PM
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This is the kind of leadline I see a lot. Is fine for just leading but does not work well as a training tool, and is too short for the most part. It simply lacks the weight and "feel" of the heavier rope leads, which tend to be more like yachting rope (used on yachts)

    12-19-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Well, the rope halter you have,. As long as it's strong and fits , is fine. If the lead you bought is the typical one that I see so much, it will not do for training purposes. Maybe just get the CA lead.

I prefer a lead without a metal snap on the end (clonks the horse under the jaw during some training moves) but I dont' know what CA wants. I am NOT a CA follower.
I believe CA recommends the rope that is tied to the halter. I have had no issues using one that clips or interfering with training. I actually like having it there. Yes it is extra weight hanging on the halter. But if slobber straps help give a better release with the reins, why wouldn't the clip. Also, just like the popper on a whip, the clip can add an extra pop if needed. Not much different than having a stud chain lead rope.
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    12-19-2012, 02:08 PM
I don't have the tools personally, but my trainer has four handy sticks because we keep breaking normal lunge whips I have to say, I LOVE THEM. I never thought I would, I thought it would just be a "buy all mah stuffz" but seriously it is so much easier for me to manuever than a normal lunge whip. Length is perfect, weight is perfect, string is perfect, maneuverability is perfect.

I don't have the rope halters though. I can find the Professional's Choice knotted rope and lead at my store for half the cost, and $5 rope halters there too. If I'm going to pay more than $20 for a halter and lead, it'd better be a bronc halter. (That's the barrel racer side of me coming out)

On a side note CONGRATULATIONS on your NW club membership! I LOVE this club, it really is helpful and a cool thing to have. I love the DVDs, watch them if I get stuck, particularly the foal training ones.
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    12-19-2012, 02:13 PM
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It can indeed add more "pop", but in many cases, learners do not have the skill to manipulate the lead line, at a disance, without applying too much umph to the rope and popping the horse too much under the jaw. Then, one goes right past the spot with the soft feel and straight into a very strong bop on the underside of the jaw. Hard for beginners to find the place that is getting the message across wiht the littlest amount possible. Some horse's get fearful of that bop under the jaw and end up throwing their heads up even more .

However, it's not a huge deal either way.
    12-19-2012, 02:15 PM
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I guess you mean this:

That is too short (8') and has no weight to it at all. Will not be a good tool for the work you will be doing with CA.
    12-19-2012, 03:17 PM
I trained my horse [from when she was 3 and couldnt even lead] with CA methods and I used a rope halter off ebay, a heavy 12ft lead [similar to the "NH" ones with the popper on the end], and a lunge line. I didnt ever use a stick or whip or anything like that.

As long as you understand the concepts, the specific equipment you use is pretty unimportant.
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    12-19-2012, 03:24 PM
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I'm afraid I'm terribly 'cheap' when it comes to basic stuff. I always shop around to get the best deals and would never pay extra for a 'label' unless it was absolutely so much better than anything else However when I want quality if I have to pay more for it then I will.
    12-19-2012, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
As long as you understand the concepts, the specific equipment you use is pretty unimportant.
Exactly! ^^
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