Rope halters are made from one long piece of nylon rope that is knotted in a special way so that it becomes a halter. At the bottom of the rope halter is a knot with loops where you can attach your reins.
For some exercises, this halter is ideal, but I do not recommend it for all exercises. This halter sits loosely around the head and can move around, thus blurring your signals during some exercises.
If you have never trained with a rope halter before, ask for advice from an experienced instructor that you know works in a horse-friendly way.
One big advantage of the rope halter is that it hardly weighs anything since there are no iron parts like buckles and rings for attaching your rope. This is probably why horses experience a rope halter as comfortable, unless it is used with too much pressure.
The rope halter is a training halter, and certainly NOT a stable halter. Never leave a rope halter on the horse when you leave it in the stable, meadow or paddock. Also never use it to secure the horse somewhere.
When a horse is caught behind something or when it panics, a normal halter will break and the horse is set free. However, a rope halter does not break. When a horse is panicking because he feels trapped, serious injury can occur if he can’t free himself. You should therefore only use a rope halter for groundwork or riding.
You can buy rope halters in different sizes and a variety of colours at your local horse supply shop or online. But you can also choose to make one yourself!