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    01-11-2011, 06:22 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by StrikinHigh    
Oh really? I haven't seen any regular ones with the extra knots. I've seen the ones with the wider rawhide-type nose though.

The CA halters just have a nicer feel to me... I would choose them regardless of his name being on them.
Yeah, I've just started noticing them within the past year. They still aren't very common but I've seen a few.
     
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    01-11-2011, 06:42 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
You can get the doublt knotted ones online, easily. The only thing I can say about rope halters is don't get one that is too soft. If they are so soft that they are limp, they're a pain to put on . Diamond D makes great rope halters and they carry them at the local grange supply here.
     
    01-13-2011, 04:44 PM
  #13
Foal
A regular $7 dollar rope halter works just fine. No need to spend big bucks on two extra knots.
     
    01-13-2011, 04:49 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I have to ask, are they really 'all that and a bag of chips' or just kind of a gimmick?? :/
     
    01-13-2011, 05:02 PM
  #15
Foal
IMHO, rope halters work wonders for training sessions. You get quicker responses compared to a web halter, because they can't lean on them like they can a web halter. Training is all I use them for.
     
    01-13-2011, 05:58 PM
  #16
Foal
Rope halters - with the "extra" knots or without - are a WONDER for training. The horse can't lean on a rope halter like they can a regular nylon/web halter. This requires the horse to give to the halter much faster, whereas in a nylon halter they have the wide straps they can lean against. You can easily see the difference in the horse's understanding if you switch from a nylon to a rope halter.

The extra knots simply quicken the understanding even more. Same thing in that you don't need a rope halter to train, a nylon halter works - but a rope halter makes the process easier on the horse. And you don't need the two extra knots, but having them makes the process even easier and simpler.

And like tinyliny said, if you get one that is too limp and soft, they're just a pain. That's another reason I like CA's halters - the stiff rope they are made of. I'm sure you can find cheaper halters with just as stiff of a rope - just like the cheaper double knotted halters mentioned above - but there is absolutely no selection of anything in tack shops around here, so everything I buy is off the internet where I cannot feel the item beforehand.
     
    01-13-2011, 07:00 PM
  #17
Trained
Hi,

Well, I know the rope halters I make are vastly inferior to the Parelli ones... because mine don't have that little flap of leather with the Parelli logo on them!<TIC>

If you google 'rope halter instructions' you'll find instructions & I make mine with a 'fiodor' knot at the chin, just because they look better. I use good quality yacht braid rope, as I don't think the cheaper varieties are good enough. Takes about 6m of 6mm rope for an average size halter. I don't like extra knots over the nose, so mine don't have them. I also put a few stitches through the fiodor knot, as it can come loose otherwise, and stitch the loose ends together, for ease of tying.
     
    01-14-2011, 12:36 PM
  #18
Started
There are good quality rope halters and poor quality ones. If you can throw the halter on the ground and still tell it's a halter, it's a piece of crap. It won't have the same feel and if we are striving to be horseman we need to become particular about the quality of equipment we use with our horses.
     
    01-14-2011, 09:59 PM
  #19
Trained
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
If you can throw the halter on the ground and still tell it's a halter, it's a piece of crap.
As opposed to looking like...? Agree with the rest of what you say, but it's never occurred to me to judge quality on that note.
     
    01-14-2011, 10:51 PM
  #20
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
There are good quality rope halters and poor quality ones. If you can throw the halter on the ground and still tell it's a halter, it's a piece of crap. It won't have the same feel and if we are striving to be horseman we need to become particular about the quality of equipment we use with our horses.
I don't think I have ever so strongly agreed with something as much as this.
     

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