By Maddy Baker
Posted Dec. 30, 2018
I was introduced to horses hand-in-hand with the nylon halter. I used them for years until the summer after I graduated from college. I moved to a ranch in northwestern Montana and worked with a woman who was a pious Parelli follower. One of the tools this clinician swears by is the knotted rope halter.
One that is properly built puts the knots at specific sensitive points/pressure points on the horse's face. This way, only a small amount of pressure has to be applied to get the horse to pay attention to what is being asked of him. With a nylon halter, it doesn't fit to the contour of the horse's face, and in order to get his attention or ask him to do something, it can be more difficult.
I've worked all sorts of horses with various backgrounds, and with all I have used the rope halter and loved the results. I don't believe in "one size fits all" horsemanship, but this tool is helpful for all horses. I even ride in these quite a bit and really like them as an alternative to a bit for casual riding. One horse I rode all summer on Montana mountain trails only in a rope halter and he did amazingly well.
I'd highly recommend rope halters to anyone who has horses.