Originally Posted by tbcrazy
Do you do parelli? If so, you're one of the first I've heard of that doesn't use a metal buckle :)
When I first got into 'PNH', being a relative novice re training, not having many good egs to learn from otherwise, seeing the 'magic' that Pat demonstrated... did start with a heavy snap on a heavy rope, caused my very compliant horse to become resistive...
Apart from learning that there were other clearer ways to get your message across & back it up, I do even now like the *principle* behind teaching backing up with wiggling a finger/rope. It's not the particular cue you use that is problematic IME, but the way it's done.
One of the things that I decided early in the piece is that I didn't like the heavy rope & snap. Aside from the arguments about whacking horses with heavy snaps, the point of the rope halter IMO, training-wise is not just that you can potentially get 'strong' if needed because of the thin rope, but that it's light & comfortable, so the horse gets it's 'release' when you quit asking & (should) hardly feel the headgear. Something heavy dragging on his nose & poll negate that plus.
So I've always(well, since a few months in... remember getting told it was wrong at a PNH clinic I attended not too far into my 'trip') used a soft(not stiff) yacht braid rope halter, adjusted so the nosepiece isn't low on their sensitive nose & fragile bones... oh & no 'strategic' knots over the horse's nose either, with a light 1/2" yacht braid rope, tied on as you tie the halter.