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post #11 of 17 Old 06-11-2010, 04:14 PM
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CanyonCowboy-- I can agree with you. I notice my rope halter moves a lot when I wiggle the lead rope to make my horse back up. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the knots don't necessarily put pressure on the pressure point, but, they do apply more pressure than the regular flat halters because of the knots. It also depends on how it's adjusted (how tight the halter is).

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a nylon halter probably wont break unless it has a breakaway strap...
Incorrect. The metal fixings will break, the nylon itself won't. They use break-away halters because it won't take as much pressure to break the leather as it would the metal fixings. And to be more accurate, the metal fixings don't "break" so much as pull apart. A rope halter WILL NOT break, you'd have to cut it. I have seen a horse [an Arab] break out of his nylon halter before, and my little one [300lb -at the time- QH filly] has broken her nylon halter before as well. Neither were break-aways.

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Incorrect. The metal fixings will break, the nylon itself won't. They use break-away halters because it won't take as much pressure to break the leather as it would the metal fixings. And to be more accurate, the metal fixings don't "break" so much as pull apart. A rope halter WILL NOT break, you'd have to cut it. I have seen a horse [an Arab] break out of his nylon halter before, and my little one [300lb -at the time- QH filly] has broken her nylon halter before as well. Neither were break-aways.
Yup, nylon itself is actually pretty strong, but all of the metal fixings create weak spots, not to mention the o-rings themselves aren't actually solid pieces, just a straight bar shaped into an "o" so with enough stress they will bend out of shape and the nylon could slip right off.
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I prefer rope as well. I don't like tying my horses with anything that will break and the hardware on a nylon is actually fairly easy to break. Plus, it will apply more pressure when I need it to and it has a bit of bite if I ever need it. Plus, I just like the look of rope halters.

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re: pressure points

Regardless if the knots actually work on what people call specific pressure points, it's obvious that strategic knots on a halter are going to exert a lot more pressure then a flat band. They could be literally anywhere, and they're still going to create more discomfort then a nylon halter when a horse balks.

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post #16 of 17 Old 06-14-2010, 03:22 AM
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I make rope halters- they are much stronger than a nylon or leather halter, simply because they have no hardware to snap.

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I guess I'm in the minority here, because I actually prefer the flat nylon or leather halter instead of a rope halter.

Of course, I still OWN rope halters, and I will use them from time to time, but I just prefer to use a regular, flat nylon most of the time.

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