Originally Posted by chenay412
I imagine I will probably be in the minority here but I personally don't like rope halters. :)
I like the good ol' fashioned nylon halters for the following reasons:
1) I feel they are more secure
2) You can utilize a stud chain if needed
3) I don't like tying with rope halters because of the so-called "pressure points" I think they can actually work against you.
And if you turn out with a halter (which I don't, but IF you do) :) I think the nylons are thick enough that it is less likely they will get caught. (But I don't advocate for turning out with halters anyway) :)
That's my opinion!
I like rope halters for looks, and the idea that they're lighter makes me happy - who would want to carry a heavy bunch of thick straps on your face? I've also made a couple, so I feel it's my trade mark; "BUCKY'S BUDDY WAS HERE" sort of thing!!
My handmade ones do stretch if pulled on too hard, and I've had to re-tie both of ours, which is the positive thing of your rope is good-quality.
If I do not trust a certain horse when tying, I'll use a nylon for strength purposes. Ex., when I started training Sam to lunge, I used a nylon halter because I know he will back away from me if he gets confused, and it will end up in a tug of war, hence stretching the halter
. And when tying Buck, the paint, because he has proven to be a puller.
I like rope halters for about the same reasons as everyone, but what do you mean by pressure points? Meaning extra knots over the nose?