I do ride my horse in a rope halter, just in the arena. I wouldn't do it on the trail though and I have to use a snaffle riding on cows. I just got this great "side pull", which is actually just a rope halter with rings for the reins and a wrapped nose band, which makes it kinda look like a hackamore. I bought it online from: SunsetHalters.com ~ (360) 864-HORS
Call them if you want the wrapped nose band. They are very helpful!