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    08-23-2011, 10:21 AM
  #21
Foal
The best way to see is to park a trailer somewhere at home and practice loading on and off until your horse does it calmly. A rope halter gives more 'bite' than a flat nylon one but probably not as much as a chain.

Just remember, if you do use a rope halter, never use it to tie your horse in the trailer!
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    09-05-2011, 04:58 PM
  #22
Foal
Hi..I just bought a 9 year old mare that has had minimal ground handling/riding for the past 2 years. The other day I haltered her and led her to the fence, where, after eating some tasty treats, she decided she was done, turned around and headed off. I still had the lead rope and as I was kinda flung to the end of it, she started trotting away. I had to drop the lead, but went after her and she stood to let me come up. I am bringing her to my boarding barn tomorrow and will have her take some lessons in ground handling, should I get a rope halter for more control?
     
    09-05-2011, 05:23 PM
  #23
Green Broke
I go to lowes or west marine and for less than $20 you can get any color or type of rope you want. Takes me all of 10 minutes to tie one. The first one took me a couple hours or two but it is really simple once you get the hang of it, I ddont use nose Knots, seams like they would hurt pretty bad. The last one I used 1/8 green cord from walmart did a 3 braid, then tied it, cost six bucks.
48 bucks for a rope halter ? Wow, talk about riding a name brand.
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    09-05-2011, 05:31 PM
  #24
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Love the halter Joe. I wish I were brave enough to make my own. I broke down and ordered the halter last night. I had a lot of heart burn over it because of the price. Let's hope it's magical....
     
    09-05-2011, 08:12 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by kathyk    
Hi..I just bought a 9 year old mare that has had minimal ground handling/riding for the past 2 years. The other day I haltered her and led her to the fence, where, after eating some tasty treats, she decided she was done, turned around and headed off. I still had the lead rope and as I was kinda flung to the end of it, she started trotting away. I had to drop the lead, but went after her and she stood to let me come up. I am bringing her to my boarding barn tomorrow and will have her take some lessons in ground handling, should I get a rope halter for more control?

Yes... I recommend rope halter for this mare. The knots act as little pressure fingers whereas a nylon web is flat and a horse can easily pull away as there is even pressure (if you want to call it that..) everywhere.

It'll make the cues for her while leading so much more clear than with web.. just my experience. Please don't get hurt!

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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
i go to lowes or west marine and for less than $20 you can get any color or type of rope you want. Takes me all of 10 minutes to tie one. The first one took me a couple hours or two but it is really simple once you get the hang of it, I ddont use nose Knots, seams like they would hurt pretty bad. The last one I used 1/8 green cord from walmart did a 3 braid, then tied it, cost six bucks.
48 bucks for a rope halter ? Wow, talk about riding a name brand.
How?? That looks so cool!!!!
     
    09-09-2011, 11:59 PM
  #26
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It came! I do like it alot. It's a thinner rope then my other halter and a better fit. (the orange one is my old one) I don't have it on right here. It needs to be higher on the nose which I will do the next time I use it, but it does make a difference in his behavior. I'm glad I made the purchase....
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    09-21-2011, 07:55 PM
  #27
Foal
Farmpony: CA halters are amazing! I love them. The knots are to teach the horse to give to little pressure and not to lean on it. FYI, however, there is a CA rope halter that is 1/4 of the price on Ebay. Don't be fooled, it is the exact same thing!
     
    09-21-2011, 08:00 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
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?
The CA rope halter has a bite to it. If you use this halter to unload, you should have no need to use a chain/web halter. The knot create pressure points, therefore are painful if the horse pulls. The horse I have in training wears one and he is very respectful to it. He will round his head right up in response to the knots if I ask.
     
    09-21-2011, 08:16 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by Jamzimm101987    
The CA rope halter has a bite to it. If you use this halter to unload, you should have no need to use a chain/web halter. The knot create pressure points, therefore are painful if the horse pulls. The horse I have in training wears one and he is very respectful to it. He will round his head right up in response to the knots if I ask.
I'm going to try it when I haul to my lesson. I plan to put my nylon halter over it to trailer in so that he is not tied in the trailer by the rope halter and then I'll hook to the rope halter when I lead him out. I may start backing him out as well...
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    09-21-2011, 11:13 PM
  #30
Yearling
I have a rope halter from CA as well however, it's pretty stiff. But it works well. However, I don't necessarily see anything special about it other than it's a rope halter from a natural horseman, which I found the pattern to make it online.
     

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