How To Fasten A Rope Halter
- August 19, 2014
- Jessie Salter
Rope halters have been around for a long time, and they serve a good purpose. When properly adjusted they are designed to contact certain pressure points on your horse’s head and face. I personally love the feel of a well made rope halter. Not only are they a means of leading and tying your horse, they are an excellent training tool when used properly. We can talk further on all of it’s functions another time. Today, lets talk about the proper way to fasten a rope halter.
Note how the halter is adjusted to a nice snug fitting. I like the knots on the side of the halter to be positioned on the end of the projecting cheek bones. Notice how the the tail of your knot is facing away from the horse’s eye. In this instance I would also tuck the tail under, near the throat latch. Just to keep it from flopping around. The next images give an example of how the tail of your knot can swing in towards your horse’s face if tied backwards.
It is also very important that your knot is tied on the loop or rabbit ear, and not above it. The reason for this is it makes a more tight and secure knot that won’t loosen during work or rubbing. It also make the knot easier to untie should your horse pull back and cause the knot to over tighten.
Here is a diagram that shows how to tie this fastening knot for your rope halter.
About Jessie Salter
Horses have been a part of my life since I can remember. Riding with my Dad as a youngster was what I lived for. There was nothing better than working cows, or racing my dad across an alfalfa field. It seems I never grew out...