A rope halter is a halter made from nylon rope which you use for groundwork. You can also ride with it.
You can make your own rope halter, and in this article you’ll find a step-by-step description.
What do you need?
6 metre nylon rope which is 8 mm thick. You can buy this in a hardware store or a sail supply shop.
Fold the rope double so you have 2 pieces of rope of equal length. From the middle you move down 1 metre. This point is your new “middle”. On piece of the rope is now 2 metre longer than the other piece.
Make two simple knots, spaced 20 cm from each other, and each 10 cm from this new middle.
Hold the rope as showed in the figure on the left.
The big loop will become the nose band. The two smaller loops which you’re holding become the loops for attaching the reins.
Watch the picture carefully: the loose ends that come out of your hands from above, need to be positioned BEHIND the big loop. So you cross them under the loop and not above.
Be also careful to cross the rope neatly near your thumb so you can hold the crossing tightly.
Then cross the large loop (the nose band) exactly as showed in the figure.
Watch carefully which loops/ropes are located under or above which loops/ropes, and do this in exactly the same way.
Then weave the 2 ends of the rope in exactly the same way through the loops as showed in the figure (the black arrows).
Now pull the ends slowly through. Not 1 loop and then the other, but every time a few centimetres.
Pull also the nose band loop tight in a steady way.
The knot you’ve created is the fiador knot. This is a very beautiful, but above all, firm knot.
Continue with making knots as showed in the figure.
First you have to make 1 knot. You make the knot in such a way that you can make knot 2 with the longest end of the rope. The other end goes to the other side (knot 5).
After knot 2 you continue to make 3, then 4, and lastly knot 5.
You make the knots for the nose band (3 and 4) by weaving the rope through the existing knots which are loosened a bit fort his. Afterwards you pull them thight again.
Goes as follows:
The 2 ends are now the “throat latch”. Cut them to size the way you want them, hand melt the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.
PS: Do not train with a rope halter if you don’t have any experience with it. First read the article “The rope halter” before you going to work with it and ask an experienced instructor to explain how to use the rope halter in a correct and horse friendly way and for what exercises it is appropriate. Also read the article “The rope halter, for or against” before you use your own knotted rope halter!