Rope halters are very popular and come in tens of thousands of styles – some with strange intentions. Unfortunately, many use these rope halters without thinking why. Here are four things that can be good to know about rope halters:
Most rope halters do not fit the horse properly! If you are using a rope halter, make sure that it fits perfectly. In my opinion, the rope halter should reach behind the ganashes, with the nosepiece two fingers’ breadth under the cheekbone and giving the horse room to move the jaw (chewing, yawning). If the rope halter is too big, it wobbles around and gives the horse diffuse and no clear signals. And remember: the thinner, the sharper the effect!
Many people tie the rope halter incorrectly! Sad but true. Here you run the risk that the knot will work itself out as soon as it comes under tension! And believe me, this is guaranteed to happen to you exactly when it matters! Or it is so tight that you can hardly get it open …
A rope halter won’t tear! Always keep this in mind if you want to tie your horse with it. Should something happen and the horse panic, the rope halter will not tear and it can be badly injured! A rope halter should only be used during training, and the horse should never wear it unsupervised when tied, etc. When dealing with horses, wearing a sharp pocket knife can be useful in emergencies.
You don’t need the rope halter all the time! Neither to lead the horse, nor to handle it or to work on it from the ground. A well-trained horse should be safe to handle with a normal, well-fitting halter. However, in sticky situations, a well-fitted rope halter can be a very effective tool. In addition, the horse is easy to lead when no pressure is applied.