Rope Halter Fit
Rope halters can be an excellent tool when it comes to training horses! But just like any piece of training equipment, it must be fitted correctly in order to be safe and useful. Rope halters are ideal for groundwork as they provide more detailed communication than a flat nylon halter and when needed can have a sharper “bite.” Rope halters are designed to work from sensitive pressure points on the horse’s face, which can make them a viable choice for horses that are pushy on the ground.
For a proper fitting rope halter you will make sure:
The noseband at least one hand (4”) above the nostrils. This keeps the pressure off of the horse’s sensitive cartilage in the nose.
When tying the crown piece, make sure the tail of your knot is facing towards the horse's tail and not towards your horse’s eyes.
The halter isn’t too big. You don’t want the throatlatch too loose, only 3 fingers. Too loose will allow the halter to become a sloppy fit.
The rope is in safe, working, condition. Make sure that the rope isn’t frayed or chewed. This will create weak points.
When choosing a rope halter there can be lots of options, so keep in mind why you are going to be using it. Thinner firmer rope will be a stronger halter compared to a thicker, softer rope. Extra knots on the nose will also increase the pressure.
Remember rope halters will not break in an emergency, so please don’t use them to trailer or in turn out.