Rope halters basically consist of a rather thin rope that is knotted into a halter. It can be adjusted very easily by knotting it. The material used is usually nylon or polypropylene, as these materials are very robust. Sometimes the noseband is wrapped to make it wider or to cushion it a little. The lead rope or lunge line is hooked into the loop below the chin.
Some rope halters are suitable for riding. They have rings into which you can buckle reins (in this case mostly cotton reins). Caution: a rope halter can be very sharp on the bridge of the nose and is generally placed on sensitive points on the horse's head, so that fine aids to communication are sufficient.
The rope halter can be used as a training halter, for example for lunging and ground work. It is important that the rope halter fits correctly. Before you buy the right rope halter, it is worth considering the purpose for which you want to use it, so that you can then decide on the right one. The combination of the knots and the rope have a much more precise effect on the horse than a normal stable halter. It is therefore particularly important that the knotted halter is correctly buckled and that you give fine aids. In addition to our own brand, you will find knotted halters from Jacson, Kincade & Kavalkade in our range.
The purpose of a rope halter is to provide more impact than a normal headcollar. This is achieved by the special position of the knots on the horse's head. The knots have a light impact on sensitive areas, so you can exert a very gentle influence on your horse.
The rope halter, which originated in the world of horsemanship, is mainly used for ground work. Ultimately, you use it whenever you want to have a fine but direct effect on your horse.
One thing is most important with a rope halter: that the knots are in the right places. In order to achieve the fine communication that is possible here, you must be able to give your horse the right aids.
The knots and fine rope of the rope halter are supposed to act in certain places. The noseband of the rope halter should lie about one to two finger widths below the zygomatic bone, so that the knots sit below the sensitive zygomatic bone.
The chin strap should always be placed behind the cheek piece. A common mistake is to place it on top of the cheek piece. Last but not least, when knotting halters, it is important that the protruding end of the rope points away from the horse's eye to avoid injury. With a little practice, the rope halter can quickly be knotted correctly and you can start with your training.