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post #21 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 12:35 PM
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The issue with tack and that collection we just seem to end up with is that every horse is an individual with a different physique, preferences, likes, dislikes, and quirks so what works for one horse doesn't work for any of the others. Add in that horses' bodies can change throughout the year depending on their fitness, weight, age, and conditioning, that equipment just continues to multiply.......for example on a rescued TWH gelding, as he grew and gained weight, muscling, and conditioning, he went through 4 saddles in just one year!


We're another who seem to be located in just the right spot to avoid most of the destructive weather---the house and barn are almost 100 yo and have withstood tornados, huge hail, floods, blizzards and whatever else Mother Nature throws!
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post #22 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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But brushes, combs, saddle pads? Those things you should be able to get in advance?

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post #23 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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Ten people telling me 10 diff things. No wonder I'm confused.
If you talk to 10 horse people you'll probably get 20 different answers.

I like to have a soft curry, a stiff curry, a shedding blade/sweat scraper, stiff brush, medium brush, soft dandy brush, face brush and hair brush for each horse. A handful of hoof picks, and at least 2 halters/leads for each horse because when a halter breaks you need another one. Same for the lead ropes, I don't want to have to hunt for another one if one breaks. I keep each horse's brushes in his own tack box and don't share between horses, keeps various skin infections down.

I have a couple different shampoos and a whole bunch of different show grooming products that someone who doesn't show wouldn't need. I have sleezys, blankets, turnouts & stable sheets, tail bags and coolers. Your average person who doesn't show might need only a windsheet and/or blanket, though you'll get lots of different opinions on that too. Eventually, you figure out what works for you.
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post #24 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever just kept a large reel of rope around. And when the halter breaks, just make a new one? Learn to tie the knots? I watched the videos on youtube that teaches you how to tie your own, tried it, it wasn't too hard.

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post #25 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 01:14 PM
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Has anyone ever just kept a large reel of rope around. And when the halter breaks, just make a new one? Learn to tie the knots? I watched the videos on youtube that teaches you how to tie your own, tried it, it wasn't too hard.
If that's a particular hobby you enjoy and/or you only have 1 or 2 horses, I can see doing something like that. I can buy a perfectly adequate rope halter and lead rope for less than $15 and I have 10 horses of my own to take care of. I just don't have the time, nor honestly, the inclination for that. For me, it's all about time.

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post #26 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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For me I always have those few hours before bed when my boys are already asleep, my husband is passed out on the couched exhausted from work, my house work is done, garden is caught up, my quilting is finished for the day and I don't have much to do. Wouldn't be too hard for me to grab some rope, sit down in front of the TV, toss on Game of Thrones and start tying knots. Little, easy to manage tasks, help me quiet my over active brain before bed. I might enjoy it. :)

What type rope do they use in your fave halters?

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post #27 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 02:14 PM
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I have no idea. Here's a pic of what I typically use for everyday type stuff:


For trailer riding, at shows, cross tying, I use the nylon web halters and I keep a handful of cotton lead ropes around in case I need a loose lead for something.

Valhoma Horse Products - Halters

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post #28 of 34 Old 05-31-2016, 11:26 AM
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Yacht rope - marine grade polyester double braid (outer braid over a braided core) or halter rope (braided outer over solid inner core). Nylon fuzzes and picks up dirt and debris polyester doesn't. Size of the rope matters too. You don't want the rope too thick. 1/4 inch is typical. The thinner and stiffer the rope the more aggressive the halter. The thicker and softer then your halter may not have enough bite for correction. Drafts can use thicker rope as the halters are larger with knots further apart. There are companies that make rope specifically for this purpose so now you can find rope specifically for horse use. Waaaaaaaaaay back in the day I used to know someone that made nets and would pass many an evening tying knots. learned a lot about rope. Can I ask your age? I wondered about the comment of not getting a youngster (but wanting a wild mustang?) because you did not want a horse outliving you. Then you mentioned a 6 year old son. I'm in my 50's and don't think twice about raising young stock. My concern for you would be not having the skills necessary to bring on a youngster or a wild horse of any age. Given enough time and the right tutelage you could get to that point if that was a goal though. I can say if your messages are like your thread I would find you off putting and possibly not return a call. It is all about expectations and return. If you had called for lessons and were inquiring about a price for those lessons and what was covered you'd get a return call yesterday. IMO A good general lesson barn would provide basic care/grooming/tack and tacking to those interested or as a part of any beginner class. If you went straight into wanting to work your butt off in exchange for learning but couldn't set days and presented it in the manner your opening post read I would think twice about calling. That isn't to say after reading the entire thread I feel the same or I don't have help that works in exchange for ride time but I am cautious about bringing on said help. My son exchanges work for lessons as well but the instructor/barn owner knows him well and what he is capable of at his age and he expressed an interest. That said I do love seeing excitement and thirst for equine knowledge. It is one reason I have drafts - being able to share with the masses and retain control though at this point we do few farming demos and no longer do the carriage work I used to do when I was younger. If I would have met you personally and found you sincere ( I am not doubting your sincerity) I'd have likely invited you out and perhaps worked something out. Glad you have someone like Dream close by. Sounds like you may be able to get some horse time. Who knows maybe you could turn halter making into a successful home business.
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post #29 of 34 Old 05-31-2016, 11:41 AM
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The more time you can spend with horses the better. Experience will make all of the info given far less confusing. You can read stuff...people can tell you stuff...but actually doing stuff makes it all fall into place. The good thing is you have time to learn!!!!
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post #30 of 34 Old 05-31-2016, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm still looking for a place who will let me get some hands-on training. Forty phone calls so far, no one has responded. I'll keep at it. I still don't want to buy / adopt until I get some hands on training, and until my place is fixed up. Until then I'm getting my reading in. Doing my research. Some things you can learn online.

Called a lot of training places also. Most of them are like, "We charge X amount per week." And I say, "I can only be there two days a week, I have responsibilities." And they respond, "Not our problem, mam. Price is the same."

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