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post #11 of 31 Old 08-22-2011, 01:09 PM
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If I remember correctly CAs rope halters have more weight to them, along with the rope. Which I would assume its like reins, it gives you a better feel. I do like the feel of CAs rope halter&lead compared to my 15 dollar ones. But I don't think it makes that much of a difference, im sure you can train just as effectively in the cheaper halter.
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If I remember correctly CAs rope halters have more weight to them, along with the rope. Which I would assume its like reins, it gives you a better feel. I do like the feel of CAs rope halter&lead compared to my 15 dollar ones. But I don't think it makes that much of a difference, im sure you can train just as effectively in the cheaper halter.
That's actually a negative. Problem with the heavy clasps, ropes and halters is the horse never actually gets a 'weightless moment' or true release. That's not good if you want a light, listening, attentive horse. That's why I no longer use rope halters at all.

As for the knots it's somewhat a misnomer. They do not reliably line up with any supposed nerve points anyway. They create focus points, so increase the pain response, but do not control any particular pressure points as is the claim.

As far as a halter goes, if it's good quality parachute rope (rather than the fibrous stuff) so it's strong and will last then it makes no difference. If anyone needs it stiffer or more knots etc then that's just hiding poor training skills. Just like increasing bit strength, or whatever.
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That's actually a negative. Problem with the heavy clasps, ropes and halters is the horse never actually gets a 'weightless moment' or true release. That's not good if you want a light, listening, attentive horse. That's why I no longer use rope halters at all.
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OP, if you really want a halter with the four knots on the noseband, do a search on the internet (especially if you are in the US) and there are usually many people who make the same type of halters and many who use the same type of rope as the CA halters but are usually much cheaper.

I had a problem of finding quality rope halters here in South Africa as they aren't nearly as common and to buy one in the US or in Aus is VERY expensive so ended up just doing a lot of research into what is the best type of rope and then bought some and made my own (which is also an option for you if you want).
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I'm curious. I have about a $10 rope halter that works well but I've heard many folks talk about how they have the Clinton Anderson ones and how they feel like they work better. Those halters are anywhere from $25 - $65.
I had CA one. Used it handful of times. Sold it. I didn't like it at all: very stiff, unpleasant on hands, and personally I don't think its so much better control-wise than $10 halter.

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If I remember correctly CAs rope halters have more weight to them.
Actually it was lighter than my cheap ones. May be he changed it now (I got mine about 5 years back).

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Actually it was lighter than my cheap ones. May be he changed it now (I got mine about 5 years back).
It certainly does not weigh any more than my cheap one. It is just a more stiff rope.
I find the CA halter is easier to handle just because it has some body. It is not always collapsing and soggy like.
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My cheapo is a stiff one...

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He was charging past me out of the trailer (did it twice). Knocked me into the wall and got off before me so I started chaining him. I will not lead him off the trailer until I have the chain on and I make him stand a moment before I take him off. I have not taken him off without the chain since. Will the rope halter give me the same bit?

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I would guess no, it will not give you the same bite. But work with it and see how he responds to it while doing other things.
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So I should probably continue hauling in my webhalter so that I can unload with a chain until I feel confident I've fixed that issue...

I geuss eventually I'll have to unload w/out the chain to see if my problem is solved...

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