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post #11 of 16 Old 06-11-2010, 11:46 AM
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I can't tie the fiador knot right. . . But I make the occasional one with a "big, ugly" knot. . . Works well, and being cheap, easy and handy, ensures that despite the best efforts of the herd of horses kids and dogs, there are usually at least a few halters on hand when I need one. . .
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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.
That works when you have horses of relatively standard sizes! I have never been able to buy a rope halter to fit my gelding's big, funky head, and draft sized flat halters fit weird and rub him on either side of the nose. Making his custom works much better for his odd shape, and since I'm already going to the effort of making his, I just go ahead and make everyone else's as well. To each their own!

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I can't tie the fiador knot right. . . But I make the occasional one with a "big, ugly" knot. . . Works well, and being cheap, easy and handy, ensures that despite the best efforts of the herd of horses kids and dogs, there are usually at least a few halters on hand when I need one. . .


I can do it, but about half the time I don't bother and stick with the "big ugly knot" myself as well. Depends on how much patience I have on any given day *lol*


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^^ Haha, Indy, I lucked out completely. I bought one that was just a touch too big for a standard horse anyway (purely luck) and it ended up on a horse that was a fighter. Anyway, he pulled the knots tight enough and I think he might have stretched it out a bit and now it fits John (and he's got a big honkin' drafty head). I plan on keeping that one in pretty good shape for when Rafe is grown.

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Same here! I just taught myself to make halters for my Clydesdale. Her head is too big for xtra large horse halters and too small for "draft" halters. Ugh. I use an ugly knot on mine. Not only is it easier, but it's a QUICK fix if you need to adjust the nose 'opening'.
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That works when you have horses of relatively standard sizes! I have never been able to buy a rope halter to fit my gelding's big, funky head, and draft sized flat halters fit weird and rub him on either side of the nose. Making his custom works much better for his odd shape, and since I'm already going to the effort of making his, I just go ahead and make everyone else's as well. To each their own!



I can do it, but about half the time I don't bother and stick with the "big ugly knot" myself as well. Depends on how much patience I have on any given day *lol*

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-11-2010, 06:54 PM
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Here's a video that shows how to tie a rope halter. It's a three part video and here's part one.


After I watched these videos it was easy for me to tie a rope halter.

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post #16 of 16 Old 06-11-2010, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Same here! I just taught myself to make halters for my Clydesdale. Her head is too big for xtra large horse halters and too small for "draft" halters. Ugh. I use an ugly knot on mine. Not only is it easier, but it's a QUICK fix if you need to adjust the nose 'opening'.

From the picture on your avatar, your clyde and my gelding (who is a clyde cross) have very similarly shaped heads - not all that extra long, but very, very wide, particularly between the eyes. Claymore also has large jowls, so every halter I tried was poorly fitting.

You know, that's a good point, the "ugly knots" are far easier to adjust....maybe I should just stick with them in the future!


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