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post #1 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Rope Halter

I am looking to buy a new rope halter with no extra knots, but not all rope halters are created equal. What brand do you use? Why? I have seen some costing sixty dollars. I cannot tell if they just want to make a pretty penny or if the price reflects the quality....
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 10:29 AM
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I've gotten along with Weaver brand rope halters for most horses. I avoid extra knots and don't want anything fancy. They last well and are priced at the lower end.

Anything hard to fit, or special purposes, I make it myself using the simplest instructions I can find on the internet.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 11:01 AM
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Y-Knot - Great halters, good prices and you can choose the type of rope, number of knots, placement (if you use under bridles) as well as custom sizing for hard to fit horses. I ordered mine not long after I moved here and I think she had just started. Still have those first halters. Wash well and have worn well.

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post #4 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 11:31 AM
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I have had good luck with the Double Diamond halters.
They have different styles with rope diameter and hardness/softness.

I prefer the stiffer ones. The ones we have we've had for years and weathered well. Being hung out side on gates or on a rack outside the arena, left on the back of the pickup.
We've had some horses that would pull back and they were easy to get the knot undone.

We don't buy typical lead ropes either. We bought boat rope off a spool (white rope with a blue tracer).It too weathers well and easy to get undone if not tied with bowline knot. And enough weight and feel to start colts in.
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This woman started with yacht rope. I have a mix of halters from soft to harder and a couple with extra knots. I keep a couple of the more generic ones in the truck as coming across loose horses isn't unheard of here. I also always know where they are. Easy to adjust and fit a wide range as the knots are easy to slide one way or the other to tighten up or loosen the fit.

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I find rope halters have to much force innocently applied regardless of how thick a rope is used.
My horses are extremely well trained on the ground and just a movement of a finger has them complying so to add a rope that somehow always seems to find, to sit in/on those nerve sensitive poll or nose is just to much for them.
Rope halters are great for many things but my guys do better in a flat wider strap than a thinner rounded one.
Under a bridle for trail riding, I use a flat halter..
My reins have quick release snaps so double as a lead rope when needed...and my belt in a pinch can be used as a short handlers lead shank too.
I've never been great on the adjustment of rope halters either and find often much to large a nose area exists making it easy to catch a branch or a leg is possible...no thanks.

I very much dislike knotted halters when I see them used improperly, actually near anytime..
Poor animal pays because the handler knows not what they are doing or forces applied through those knots...
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 12:51 PM
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I get mine from Counter Canter Designs on Etsy. High quality stiffer rope with perfect weight leadropes. You can customize the knots, colors, lengths. We've had ours for a year and they are holding up very well.
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 01:05 PM
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I have paid the money for the Clinton Anderson one and I have bought them at Tractor Supply and B&H halters. I like the B&H ones because they fit well and last a long time. The CA ones also fit well and last a long time but they are expensive. The TSC ones are a little thicker and I don't like the fit as much but they are cheap. There is a "bitless bridle" that I want to try at Advantage horsemanship that is only about 30 bucks. I just haven't tried it yet.

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post #9 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 01:29 PM
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I have paid the money for the Clinton Anderson one and I have bought them at Tractor Supply and B&H halters. I like the B&H ones because they fit well and last a long time. The CA ones also fit well and last a long time but they are expensive. The TSC ones are a little thicker and I don't like the fit as much but they are cheap. There is a "bitless bridle" that I want to try at Advantage horsemanship that is only about 30 bucks. I just haven't tried it yet.
I use the "Bitless Bridle" that Avantage horseman sells. Both my horse and I like it very well. I ride her in it a lot and she is light in it and I can tell she really likes it over a bit in her mouth. Both the bitless and a bit are only as severe as the rider makes it. To me the less discomfort a horse has the better they will perform for you.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-19-2020, 03:13 PM
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The stiffer Double Diamond ones work great. The two I have now were made by a friend to custom-fit my horses.
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