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post #1 of 16 Old 06-29-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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proper tying on of rope halters

I have seen and been taught conflicting ways to tie a rope halter onto a horse. I think there are at least three ways it can be done.
here are two videos showing what looks to me like two different ways. The way I've been doing it, is how the woman says is wrong. Ok. I wonder, is that wrong? I had been told you want to do it so that if the horse pulls back it doesn't pull into a knot so tight you cannot reloosen it. But, to be honest, I am now not sure which way is correct.

A. go through the loop, and back through the loop knot is tied ON the loop

B. go through the loop, then around the loop, knot is tied around the loop.

and C. (and I don't have a video of this, so maybe it IS wrong)
you go through the loop but tie the knot abot the loop

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Haven't watched the vids, our connection sucks at the moment, but here is the stills answer!

My farrier corrected my wrong knot every time he saw it, and I learned to do it right, had never used a rope halter until we moved out here.
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Always go down and around the loop -- never like the very first picture of the blue halter or the bottom one of GHs photos. The pink one is correct.

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Well, now I can't remember which way I do it! it's something I do all the time. But, I think I've been doing it wrong, so glad that I asked. Thanks , Ladies!
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When I first started using knotted rope halters I had a hard time remembering how to tie the knot too. I found it helped me a bunch to retie after taking it off the horse so that the next time I went to put it on I had to untie it first which gave me a visual of how it was supposed to be.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-30-2013, 03:05 AM
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Just remember to tie below the loop or around the loop, which ever is easier to remember. Above is wrong.

That said, I have had a few halters that were tied correctly but the knot did get really tight and were near impossible to untie. If they would have been tied above the loop, they wouldn't have come undone. The only thing that saved them was being able to push the loop away from the knot which allows the knot to loosen.
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Ohh I've been tying wrong my whole life. Learn something new every day :)
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Thanks! I also have been putting my knot in the correct location! I will be sure to start doing it properly. I printed up the pic and am going to hang it next our halters. :)
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I think the way I was taught to tie mine is different from either of those two videos, but the knot is still below the top of the 'loop'. I'll try to get a video next time I'm out at the barn.
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Yeah, I was wrong, we went and rode this morning... Yep, we tie them properly :)
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