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post #1 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rope Halters - Opinions?

Hey all,

A friend of mine has recommended that I use a rope halter on my Quarter horse mare who at times can be a little bossy and stubborn. I'm by no means an experienced horse person, I'm still very much learning. I have heard both good and bad feedback on the rope halters so I'm kind of at odds whether to use one on her or not? So I'm just wondering what you guys think?

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Hey all,

A friend of mine has recommended that I use a rope halter on my Quarter horse mare who at times can be a little bossy and stubborn. I'm by no means an experienced horse person, I'm still very much learning. I have heard both good and bad feedback on the rope halters so I'm kind of at odds whether to use one on her or not? So I'm just wondering what you guys think?

If you're working with a horse in a halter I do suggest a rope halter. The horse can feel it more and has less leverage to push against you like they do in a flat halter.

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I use a rope halter, on the recommendation of my trainer. I used to only use regular halters, and to be honest don't really notice a whole lot of difference. Both seem effective I guess. It's probably more about what's going on at the end of the lead rope (with the person) rather than the type of halter anyway... I do like that I have never accidentally clunked him in the head with a metal buckle though.
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Well I use a rope halter and in my opinion, I like them better than the other type of halter but I've heard that the rope halters have more pressure points so maybe you should try it out to see if it makes a difference.

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I like them because they last forever and never break. They also have a bit more bite to them but I don't know that it's the cure-all that people hope that it is. If your horse is pushy and disrespectful then changing halters won't help. You need to change what's going on in the horses head and feet.

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post #6 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 07:11 PM
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I switch back from my rope to my leather halter all the time. But if I am working on ground work than I use the rope halter because I like the way he reacts from it better. But, if I am just grooming him, picking his feet, ect, ect, than I just use my leather halter.

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post #7 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 07:24 PM
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I use rope halters for ground work, and other ground training. The pressure points, are more effective, and my horse can get pushy at times, and when I shake the line to move him off me, it works.

Web or leather halters, really offer no source of control for a horse that doesn't walk slowly behind you. Because rope halters hang lower, you can really get a horse away from you on the ground quickly if need be. I find them tons safer than a web on the ground.

However, my web and leather halters have uses as well. Although I don't like them for ground training, I do everything else in them. I prefer to groom and tack in them, so I can cross tie. They will break if the horse sets back, where as with a rope halter that's properly tied, the neck will break before the halter does (this is, if they are tied to something non breakable, such as trailer rings or something else metal and solid, as such.)

So both have their uses for me. For all other purposes other than grooming and tacking, I'll have them in a rope halter.

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post #8 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 07:58 PM
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I agree with Dejavu. If I'm grooming or playing around with my horse in the cross ties, I always use the nylon. For everything else I use my rope halter. One time I wasn't paying attention walking my mare to the barn and she walked past me, and let me tell you, with nylon or leather, 800 lbs leaning on the lead rope and you lose, LOL.
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post #9 of 33 Old 08-08-2011, 01:23 PM
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i use cow halters for mine, you dont need to faff around looking for a lead rein, they fit anything from my sheep to a shire i had and iv found i have more control in it and it isnt as hard material as some nylons can be, i always travel in a leather headcollar as they will break under pressure.
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Rope halter is gentle enough still a good tool to give your point to the horse when needed. I'd MUCH rather prefer rope halter than stud chain or some other "stuff" people are using to control the horse. Personally I use it to lead and bath (not so much for the controlling purpose, but it's faster to put on and dries out better when wet). Just don't use one when trailering the horse and don't leave one on horse when turning it out!

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