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    04-28-2010, 05:53 PM
I believe it is in this thread......
Yep, on post #16
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    04-28-2010, 05:54 PM
Yes! That! Except with a cinch... but that's just a small detail; the theory is the same.
    04-28-2010, 05:58 PM
Interesting concept. However, my girls straight tie, cross-tie, and ground tie. For the most part, they are cross-tied or ground tied, and in both cases, the neck rope would be either more dangerous or unneccesary, lol. Oftentimes, I'll use my belt around my mare's neck to "lead" her into the barn because I'll do something silly like forget to rab her halter, lol. Or I just grab her forelock, haha.
    04-28-2010, 06:45 PM
I like the idea I just wonder what happens when they might pull back.Things like halters and ropes break for a reason so the horse does not get hurt. What happens here what going to break. I use a rope halter and run the throat latch through the halter that way when driving the can't rub the bridle off on the other horse.
    04-28-2010, 06:48 PM
I used both a rope cinch and the hessian sack in the picture - Posted here so people can see.

The cinch I used was an old rope one with one buckle we had lying around that just happened to be the perfect length for her neck - However The hessian was thicker and felt a lot softer, so when I was lent it by a friend I switched over to using it.

I'm at a bit of a loss for what to do with Latte - She pulled back a few times in the neck strap and didn't get loose, but it didn't stop the pulling. When she does pull and get free for whatever reason, she doesn't run away, just stands and I tie her back up. I don't think she is doing it to get free, I think she just gets claustrophobic sometimes and can't handle the restraint. So i'm not sure what tack to take. But yep, the neck strap did what it was meant to, she didn't get loose, and didn't have any skin off like what happened when she pulled back with the rope halter.

I am very wary of tying solid with a rope halter - Wildey was tied to twine with a rope halter, got a fright, pulled back, twine didn't break, and he wrapped himself around the pole - The rope halter actually cut into his head and he couldn't breath. Dad had to cut him loose with a knife and he had cuts around his head that took a while to heal. Ever since then we never tie him unless we have to, but he is perfect to ground tie so it's not an issue.

    04-28-2010, 06:49 PM
I don't know about RD, but I don't want a fighting horse to get loose unless I deem they are in enough danger that I need to cut the rope. I have seen way too many horses learn to pull back because they know that the halter or lead will break. That is an awful habit and a pretty hard one to break.
    04-28-2010, 07:06 PM
While neck ropes may be "rgiht" to you, it might not be for others. It's purely an opninion.
For me, I wouldn't tie with one. If they halter has enoug pressure to break, then it would be safer for the horse to break, whereas a nek rop could hang them if they slipped. But then again, so could a halter, if it didn't break.
How about just fix the pulling back problem before tying serially?
    04-28-2010, 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by kmacdougall    
Thanks for posting this, I'm very intrigued. Could you tell me what exactly constitutes too tight? Or is it just a general don't-make-it-tight-enough-to-choke / not-loose-enough-to-go-over-his-head type deal? I have a horse I'd like to try it on, who is a puller, but I don't want to do it if I'm going to do it wrong and injure him..
You don't want it so tight that it is hard to clip into the ring but not loose enought that he could possibley slip it over his head. When they pull they raise their heads high so slipping at that point is not a problem, it is when they eat off the ground and you are holding the neck rope.
So just loose enough that clipping into the ring is easy.
    04-28-2010, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
Those are cool! I've neer heard of those! In my area we use rope halters, If you get the right rope halter they don't break, and when the hrose pulls back, they apply more and more pressure to the poll, and some even put some 'bite' in the nose, so they learn that its to uncomfortable to pull back.
    04-28-2010, 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
I don't use them myself but they are a good idea. The non-breaking factor is one of the reasons why I use rope halters with the lead tied on; no buckles or snaps to give if they fight.
My neck rope is about 5/8th inch diameter so it will not break. Can you say the same thing for your rope halter?? It is lighter diameter rope and the lead is also not as heavy.
Nothing breaks on a neck rope. I have broken a number of 1300 or 1400 pound horse using a neck rope and snubbing post and they threw everything they had into the rope and it held.

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