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post #1 of 16 Old 06-07-2010, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Rope halters

The dog collar on my impending rescue got me to thinking - for those of you that don't know how, you can make your own halters for roughly 2-5 bucks (depending on the rope you buy). I buy 100 ft of rope at TSC for 14 bucks, and I can make about 5 halters out of it (more if you have smaller horses - most of mine have big ol' drafty heads). You can use 1/2 or 3/8 rope depending on how much "bite" you need. It's hard the first time you do it, after you get the feel of it the first time though, it's a piece of cake. I can make 5 custom halters in my horses size in a little over an hour. The hardest part of the whole process is the fiador knot - and you don't HAVE to use it.

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-07-2010, 07:20 PM
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Thanks...I need to hang onto this one! Been wanting to make my own rope halter for a long time!!!

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 04:58 PM
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Yes, my trainer taught me how to do this. She used to sell them but got so wrapped up in her lessons that she doesn't anymore. It's brilliant, and I would rather do that then go and buy a pre-made one

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 05:05 PM
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loooove rope halters <3

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 11:22 PM
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Wow, I just made one for the first time! The fiador knot was confusing to tighten, but after I figured that out, it was pretty simple.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 11:26 PM
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Spent 3 hours slaving over my first one a year ago to find out I put the tie over the poll on the wrong side!!
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 11:38 PM
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LOL. I usually spend more time readjusting it to actually fit my horse than I do making it in the first place. I think that I will just stick with buying them (though I am expecting a few more in the next couple of days). Now that I have more horses, I need more halters.

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post #8 of 16 Old 06-08-2010, 11:48 PM
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Thanks for the link! Horse Illustrated had an article on how to tie your own rope halter a few years back--I spend hour after hour slaving on that thing. These instructions and pictures seem more thorough. I may have to give this a try, seeing as I am short a rope halter!
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-10-2010, 08:11 PM
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I have built my own before and as long as I can buy them for 12 dollars I'm going to save myself the headache.

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post #10 of 16 Old 06-11-2010, 02:22 AM
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I make them too- I make 400-500 a year or so and sell them to help out the hay bill for the rescue horses. I charge 10.00 each. I don't use a fiador or blood knots. Last fall a couple friends and I got together and made about a couple hundred of them in a n evening- it was fun but after we all got rope burn and blisters we quit haha

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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