Originally Posted by Yogiwick
I have never heard of a rope halter with a stud chain.. Isn't a rope halter already the same concept as a stud chain?
Not in the least! A rope halter is a... halter. A stud chain is just a punishment tool. I would liken it more to a bit than a halter.
I personally use rope halters because they're strong, no hardware to rust or break, they're light and you can just chuck em in the wash when they're dirty.
I will not use a rope halter to tie firm, unless the horse is already very well trained. I will not tie firm in a trailer or anywhere unsafe, as it's likely something else will break before the halter. I will not leave a rope halter on a horse unattended, unless there's a 'safety break' in the form of a balers twine loop to tie it, for eg.(not that I leave horses haltered when loose anyway). I will not use a rope halter low on the nose. I will not use a rope halter with extra knots on nose or poll.