Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: South County, SF Bay Area
• Horses: 0
I'm very very picky about rope halters and the lead ropes. I've had "authentic" Parelli and Anderson halters and lead ropes.
- I like the Anderson halter for the stiffness and the double nose knots are good for training (especially TEACHING/STARTING them) I think once your horse is really soft/responsive and made....you don't really NEED them. They aren't as comfortable for the horse as the 'no knot' type
- Parelli halter rope is too soft for my taste. It doesn't hold its' shape (the halter) and I find the noseband too loose.
I'm VERY picky on lead ropes and my favorite rope, for the FEEL, WEIGHT, THICKNESS is the authentic Parelli rope with the brass swivel snap. The snap end is more versatile, because you can put a12 foot rope or a 14 foot or a 22 foot, depending on what you want to do.
Now - I don't believe in paying the "famous clinician" price for the rope halters and leads. But I DO believe there are TONS of CHEAP, POORLY MADE, BAD CRAFTSMANSHIP, and POOR-FEELING ROPE halters out there.
I know what I like, and I've had halters MADE by folks who do sell online. But I'm very picky on what I order and request from them (type of rope, etc)
That being said - if you aren't as knowledgeble on the exact rope type (for thickness, stiffness/softness, and overall feel to it) you may be better off paying the Clinician Brand Name to get a good quality rope halter.
I hate some of the "el cheapo" poorly fitting, poor quality rope halters you see online and at some of the tractor stores. But...that said....I'm picky