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  • Make rope halter jig
  • Width of parelli lead rope

 
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    01-14-2011, 11:56 PM
  #21
Green Broke
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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.
Dumb question, but what does this quote exactly mean? That if the halter holds it's shape and looks like a halter, it's the wrong type of rope?

Does it mean a good rope halter should be soft enough to crumble into a heap and just look like a pile of rope?

Or ???
     
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    01-15-2011, 12:10 AM
  #22
Yearling


Horse hair halter and lead rope... for the win
     
    01-15-2011, 03:35 AM
  #23
Foal
The parelli ones are made of a different rope and if you are doing a lot of ground work finding something with the same rope would be recommended...by me (not saying spend that kind of money on one tho) if you look around you can find them. They are a heavier core inside the rope which gives it more wieght and more feel. I personally made my own out of the same kind of rope and then bought a cheap one from my LTS and i've only used that one once because I found my horse didn't respond the same to it. But if your just using it for whatever then it doesn't matter. My horses ALWAYS have rope halters tho, never nylon.
     
    01-15-2011, 04:23 AM
  #24
Foal

You can buy or make the same style of the natural horsemanship halters...

Buying $14.00 to $80.00 or make it your self for $6 Canadian pricing LOL

What matters is the material they are made up.. the good ones are made form marine grad rope to prevent them from adsorbing sweat, its super strong rope and they wear well.

The width of the rope matters cause with wider or thiner rope you get stronger or weaker communication.

Also you can get soft or stiff rope, stiff rope has more bit to more quick communication.
     
    01-15-2011, 04:26 AM
  #25
Foal
Better halters from LittleJoe: lightweight, strong, easy-care
These are nice and offer really light weight ones and are make with rock climbing rope
     
    01-15-2011, 04:30 AM
  #26
Foal
Knotty Horse Halter Co- Rope Halter Jig, Sizing Calculator, Atwood Rope - Tie Your Own Rope Halter

This is a jig to do the Fiador knot (the larger knot at the chin) its a great idea, but you could also follow youtube videos also.. I make my own from this video.
     
    01-15-2011, 09:11 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by dashforcache    
the parelli ones are made of a different rope and if you are doing a lot of ground work finding something with the same rope would be recommended...by me (not saying spend that kind of money on one tho) if you look around you can find them. They are a heavier core inside the rope which gives it more wieght and more feel.
Yeah, used to be into Parelli quite a bit, but never bought into that difference, with the halters at least. I have held a genuine Parelli halter in one hand & one of my home made yacht braid halters in the other & felt no difference. Even at a clinic I took my horse to, when the instructor bagged me for not having the real gear, the only difference between halters he could pick was the leather Parelli tag! As for weight of lead ropes, yes, the Parelli ones are thicker & heavier than I use, and each to their own, but I like it that way. I think the lighter ones actually offer more 'feel' than a heavy, dragging one, especially when they also have bloomin heavy clips - that sort of negates the lightness & point of using a rope halter IMO. Part of the point of a rope halter IMO is it's soft & light enough that the horse hardly feels it when you're not asking for something. That's certainly not the case when you attach heavy ropes.

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The width of the rope matters cause with wider or thiner rope you get stronger or weaker communication.
Oh, so they're calling it 'communication' these days are they??<TIC> I call it harshness - the thinner ones are bitier. However, as I don't believe in using pain to train, I don't find wider ones, or even flat halters any 'weaker' at *helping* me communicate. ....I know, being a bit pedantic there!
     
    01-15-2011, 10:26 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    



Oh, so they're calling it 'communication' these days are they??<TIC> I call it harshness - the thinner ones are bitier. However, as I don't believe in using pain to train, I don't find wider ones, or even flat halters any 'weaker' at *helping* me communicate. ....I know, being a bit pedantic there!
LOL I am just quoting others, its the same concept with bits... light hand mean the bit is not harsh right??? I call BullSh@# on that one! But to each there own!
     
    01-15-2011, 11:20 PM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by yukontanya    
LOL I am just quoting others, its the same concept with bits... light hand mean the bit is not harsh right??? I call BullSh@# on that one! But to each there own!
Yeah, was going to mention the similar attitudes about bits and them being better at 'communicating' with a horse than a halter.... I actually thought it was ME that was communicating with the horse, not my equipment and I also use my whole body to communicate, not just hands/reins.
     
    01-15-2011, 11:28 PM
  #30
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Yeah, was going to mention the similar attitudes about bits and them being better at 'communicating' with a horse than a halter.... I actually thought it was ME that was communicating with the horse, not my equipment and I also use my whole body to communicate, not just hands/reins.

I really like the way you said that! Can I add that to the book I am working on? That is just so well put

Cheers Tanya
     

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