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post #1 of 14 Old Yesterday, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Alternative Rope Halter Tying Method

Saw this quick video today demonstrating an alternative method to tying a rope halter. I have never seen this method, thought it was interesting.
Anyone tie this way?



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Cool! I'm going to try that.

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Nope, I tie the 1st way he demo'd. It works fine for me. I disagree you cannot untie it if the horse pulls back & tightens; I've been able to untie a horse that has pulled back HARD (no matter how tight the knot & there have been some really TIGHT knots); you just loosen the loop (push the loop) with your thumb/fingers, like he does with the "correct" way to untie.

Interesting that he got this from John St. Ryan. But not surprising. John St. Ryan does things a little differently from others. Not that that is bad (or wrong), just typical of him.
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but, will it loosen too easily and come off unexpectedly?
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I've never ever had a rope halter tied in the first manner get so tight I couldn't get it off. Supes has sat back and thrown himself down, gotten up, sat back again... halter just came right off when I pushed that rope back through the knot. Sarge threw his silly butt completely down at a rodeo, in wet grass, while tied tot he stock trailer... and I had to cut the lead rope because someone else (not me) had tied him without using a slip knot at the trailer end. The halter itself still untied easily. That one horse daughter had, Jackie Brown... sat back hard enough she broke hers... Sally as well... both of those two goofy heifers knew how to pop them off and I'm pretty sure each one destroyed two or three rope halters in the few months we had them.



I've used rope halters just like the one in the video, and I've used the mule tape types... never a problem getting them undone.



The second option looks like more of a headache - this guy himself has to take a few extra seconds to split the two ropes that go over the poll to tie it, and then untie it, but he could just be doing it slow for the purpose of instruction, IDK. I mean... if it works that way, go for it. But Option 1 has never given me a bit of grief, even when the horse has.
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@boots , I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to!

@kewpalace , I agree. My good Diamond halters are easy to get undone if someone pulls back. I have had the cheap halters literally weld the knot shut from the heat when it pulled down on itself and needed cut off.

@tinyliny , I had the same thought. Probably something I'd try at home before I ventured into the publics.
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Same as everyone else, I tie the traditional way and although I've had to wiggle and push for a bit to get it loose again , I've never been unable to untie one. The 'new' way looks interesting, but I also wonder if it can loosen on its own. Interesting, though.

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I’ve never done it either way. No one ever showed me one way or another.

I run the ends through the loop from the inside and finish up with as many half hitches as needed to use up the excess.

Unless the halter itself is hung up, I will cut the tie rope (at the tied end, not the halter end) before I cut the halter. I want something to remain with the horse to give me a bit of control once it’s free of whatever the problem was.
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@kewpalace , I agree. My good Diamond halters are easy to get undone if someone pulls back. I have had the cheap halters literally weld the knot shut from the heat when it pulled down on itself and needed cut off.
. Well that might be the difference ... Iíve only ever used Double Diamond halters.
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I've had a horse with an expensive, nice Clinton Anderson-brand halter on tied the traditional way to the saddle horn while I was off grabbing something on the fence, turned around to find him with his leg through the leg and had to pry the halter over his head because it had been jerked so tight that I couldn't get the knot undone. Also had a gelding spook tied to a trailer and had to pry the knot open with my knife. For emergency situations... I don't like not being able to get the knot untied w/o a knife or hoofpick to pry it apart. I'm not sure his method works either though, maybe I'll try it out. ;)

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