- When are rope halters suitable?
- How does a rope halter fit correctly?
- What is the rope halter used for?
- How is the rope halter put on correctly?
When are rope halters suitable?
The rope halter is an important means of communication when working with the horse. The signals reach the horse's head finely and precisely, which is why a rope halter is better suited for this than an ordinary headcollar. A rope halter is particularly suitable for:
How does a rope halter fit correctly?
A rope halter is made up of a double rope that is between 3.5 and 8 mm thick and tied in a circular fashion. The halter is not fastened with a buckle, but with a knot on the cheek.
A rope halter should sit correctly on the horse's head so that the signals reach the horse in a comprehensible way and no pressure is exerted on sensitive areas that can be damaged. If it is fastened and adjusted incorrectly, it can put painful pressure on the sensitive facial nerves. This is because the contact area of the ropes is very small compared to an ordinary headcollar. The pressure resulting from force per surface area is therefore higher. For this reason, you should not only be careful and sensitive when using the rope halter, but it should also fit the horse's head correctly:
- The knot with which you close the headcollar should be on the left side of the horse's head.
- The knots on the left and right side of the nose bridge are two fingers below the cheekbone.
- The nose part lies on the broad bridge of the nose, not on the exposed nose bone.
- The diamond ring, in which the rope is hooked, hangs below the horse's chin. There should be about 4 finger widths of space between the lower jaw bone and the diamond knot.
- The rope halter fits snugly so that it does not slip.
What is the rope halter used for?
A rope halter serves as a fine means of communication for the precise giving of impulses. Signals can be sent without being diluted and can be perceived by the horse. Therefore, a rope halter is very good for ground work. However, a rope halter should not be used for lungeing. For this, the use of a cavesson is more recommended.
In combination with a rope halter, a thick lead rope with a snap hook on one side and a leather swat on the other side is recommended. If the snap hook is a nuisance during ground work because it hits the horse's jaw during movement, you can also find horsemanship ropes with a loop for threading in our online shop.
How is the rope halter put on correctly?
- Open the rope halter
- Place the neckpiece over the neck
- Pull the noseband over the nose.
- Thread the rope through the loop of the cheek piece, from the inside to the outside.
- Form a D and pull the end of the rope through from behind.
- Tighten the knot towards the neck.