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post #1 of 15 Old 04-30-2010, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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How to make a neck rope

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The material you need is 8 feet of 1/2 or 5/8s marine rope. It is soft but strong. A good brass snap, I hate the steel ones and brass is actually stronger. One ring about 1 1/2 diameter plus about 10 feet of 1/8th strong cord.

Burn the ends of the rope to keep them from fraying.
Double one end of the rope through the snap and fold about 4 inches back along itself. Then using the 1/8 th cord wrap it around the doubled over end. You decide how to knot it. I have an invisible way fo doing it, a hangmans knot but most will not know how to do this and I can't explain it here.
I then paint laquer , varnish or anything else over the string to harden it and prevent it from every moving. Anything that hardens just makes for a nicer finish but not necessary.
You then just pass the other end through the ring and tie a knot where ever it makes the right loop to go around your horses neck but not oo tight to make using the neck rope a pain to snap in.

I don't retrieve the horse from the pasture with a halter, I just use the neck rope for just about everything without the halter exoept for tying. Use a halter for this.

Post any questions and I will answer them later. I am heading out for a ride







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It's a little unrelated to how to make it, but... Should it be yacht rope, but can be nylon one? I have a lead rope with good clip and ring already installed, but it's not yacht, but one of those cheaper materials.

BTW, thanks for posting the instructions!
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It's a little unrelated to how to make it, but... Should it be yacht rope, but can be nylon one? I have a lead rope with good clip and ring already installed, but it's not yacht, but one of those cheaper materials.

BTW, thanks for posting the instructions!
You can use any lead rope. Just knot a ring in the line and use it as a neck rope. I just made them my way because the local hardware store stocked this nice soft rope , it was cheap, nice on the hands , so that is what I went with.
I also carry a 12 foot black neck rope made out of 3/8 th line on the saddle at all times. It comes in handy if you find a stray horse in the bush to quickly fashion a halter. A neck rope can quickly be turning into it's own halter and it can be harsh if the horse resists. I will try to take a picture of this tonight when I go to feed
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Thanks, RD!

Pics are always appreciated!
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The field trialers around here simply use cow collars.
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Thank you Riosdad. I'll have to make me one.
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I guess I'll share how the neck strap I used was made - same principal but it spreads the pressure over a larger area.

All it is is a hessian sack folder over and over along the length until it is about a handspan wide. You then put a hole through both ends, thread rope through, and tie a knot v
bigger than the hole.
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Thanks, RD!

Pics are always appreciated!
Thought I better post this quickly. I might be on another vacation shortly.

After putting the neck rope around the horse's neck and clipping the snap to the ring pass the end of the lead line back threw the ring and put the loop over the nose of the horse. It is an extremely effective halter, not one you can tie with but for hand leading it is very effictive, even a little harsh but it works great

Again I might be going on a vacation if the mods have their way
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I guess I'll share how the neck strap I used was made - same principal but it spreads the pressure over a larger area.

All it is is a hessian sack folder over and over along the length until it is about a handspan wide. You then put a hole through both ends, thread rope through, and tie a knot v
bigger than the hole.
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What is a hessian sack?? and if it is just a cloth sack will cutting a hole through each end be strong?? Won't the sack tear?? I can see a girth all right but not a sack like my feed comes in??
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