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On this page you can find answers to frequently asked questions and other information about how to use my products. You can click on the links below to go directly to the part you want to read about:



How do I tie a rope halter?

Unlike nylon and leather halters, rope halters do not have any buckles, instead they are tied on with a specific type of knot. For those who are not used to rope halters this can seem difficult and complicated, but if you know how to tie a rope halter the right way it is actually not very difficult at all.

The right way to tie a rope halter
There are quite many who tie rope halters in ways that I consider "wrong". If a rope halter is tied in any other way that it is supposed to there is a risk that the knot either comes undone unexpectedly and the horse gets loose or the knot can become very difficult to untie when you want to take the halter off. A halter that is tied right is on the other hand very secure since the knot locks itself, but is at the same time easy to untie. I therefore strongly recommend learning how to tie a rope halter the right way to be able to use rope halters in a safe way. Below you can find pictures and instructions on how to do this.

When you put on the halter on the horse's head it will look like this before you tie
it. The tie end that passes over the horse's poll comes from above and the loop you
tie onto comes from below.
  1. You start by inserting the tie end
through the loop from behind and out towards you.



  2. After that you pass the tie end to the left (towards the horse's head) underneath the loop.


         
3. Then pass the tie end to the right
(away from the horse's head) over the
loop and under itself.
  4. Finish by pulling the knot tight and the knot is done.

   

Please note that I have a very short tie end in these pictures only to show clearly how the knot is tied. Normally you would have a considerably longer tie end left over after you have finished tying your rope halter.

My way of tying a rope halter
The way of tying a rope halter that I showed above is very secure and at the same time easy to untie. There is however a variant of this knot that is even more simple to untie:

1. You start the same way as with the regular rope halter knot by passing the tie end first through and then under the loop.   2. Now, instead of passing the whole end through you pull only a part of it through so that the tie end forms a loop.
  3. Then pull the knot tight and the knot
is finished.

         
4. Unlike the regular rope halter knot, the tie end points in this case forward toward the horse's face. To prevent the tie end from getting into the horse's eyes you can simply stick it under the rope halter so that it points away from the horse's head instead.        

The benefit of this knot is that it is very quick and easy to untie, the only thing you need to do is to pull on the tie end and the halter comes loose. That does indeed mean that the knot could possibly come undone by itself if the tie end gets caught on something and the horse pulls on the halter, but the risk of that happening is quite small. I personally always tie my rope halters this way and I have never had the knot come undone by itself, so I consider this knot to be practically as secure as the regular rope halter knot.



How do products with knot adjustment work?

I make several products with so called "knot adjustment", for example bridles, rope halters and neck ropes. Knot adjustment means that you can adjust the size or length of your tack by moving a loop between a number of knots on the rope, about the same way that you can move a buckle between holes on a leather strap. Using a product with knot adjustment is not difficult at all but to clearify how it works there are step-by-step instructions on how it is done here below. These particular pictures show how to adjust a rope bridle with knot adjustment but it works the same way with other types of tack as well.

A rope bridle with knot adjustment will look like this when you receive it (you
can click on the picture to enlarge it). What you use the knot adjustment for on bridles is to adjust the length of the headstall and the throatlatch.

  The actual knot adjustment looks like
this (seen from the side). The end with
the five knots passes over the horse's poll and comes down from above,
whereas the loop that belongs to the left cheekpiece or the throatlatch comes
from below.
  1. To undo the knot adjustment you start by sliding down the movable ring knot so that the loop opens.




         
2. Then you pull the end with the knots out of the loop and the knot adjustment is now undone. To fasten it again you simply go through the same steps but backwards, first you insert the end back through the loop and then you slide the ring knot back up so that the loop closes around the rope.        



How do I attach a bit or similar tack to a rope bridle?

Attaching a bit, bitless nosband or similar tack to the rope bridles I make is easy and is done in the same way whichever bridle type you choose.

The ends of the cheekpieces that you are going to attach the bit to will look like
this when you receive your bridle.

  1. To be able to attach a bit you need to open the cheekpiece end and you do that by first sliding the top movable ringknot upwards.   2. Then pull out the end with the knot that is inserted between the two ropes.


         
3. The cheekpiece is now open and you can put the bit in place.

  4. To close the cheekpiece again you put the end with the knot back inbetween the two ropes.
  5. Then slide the top ring knot back down again as far as possible and the cheekpiece is closed.
         
6. Do the same thing on the other side and you have a bridle that is ready to be used.

     



How do I use rope connectors?

I have products with snaps and rings for you who want that but I also have variants of all my products that are made entirely out of rope for you who prefer not to have metal parts on your tack. Many of these metal free products have connectors made of rope instead of metal parts that look and work somewhat different depending on what they are used for. Here below you can read more about the different types of rope connectors and see pictures of how to use them.

Permanent rope connectors
Lead ropes, loop reins and split reins can all be made with rope connectors for you who want a metal free, more durable alternative to snaps. This particular type of rope connector is attached permanently to the lead rope or the reins and is therefore not sold separately since it is a part of the actual product.

When you receive a product with perma-nent rope connectors the connectors are closed and will look like this.
  1. To open the rope connector you start by sliding down the movable ring knot so that the loop opens.   2. After that you bring the loop over the knot end and the connector is now open.

         
3. To attach the rope connector to some-thing, in this case a rope halter, you pass the loop end of the connector through the lead rope loops on the halter.   4. Then bring the loop of the rope connector back over the knot end.


  5. Finish by sliding back the ring knot and the rope connector is now closed again.



Rope connectors with loops
These rope connectors have loops tied with a fiador knot, the same knot that I use to tie the lead rope loops on rope halters. This type of rope connector is a part of the product "Rope halter with running rope connector" as well as some of the neck ropes I offer. They can also be used to attach a mecate rein to a bit or any similar tack instead of slobber straps made of leather.

Rope connectors with loops can be bought separately on the respective category pages of the products that the rope connectors are used together with (Rope halters, Mecate reins and Neck ropes).

Rope connectors with loops are delivered closed and opens the same way as perma-nent rope connectors.



  1. First you slide down the movable ring knot so that the loop opens.




  2. Then you bring the loop over the knot end and the connector is open. To close it again you simply go through the same steps but backwards, first you bring the loop back over the knot end and then you slide the ring knot back to close the loop.

Removable rope connectors for neck ropes
This type of rope connector is a part of some of the neck ropes I make and can also be bought separate if you for example want a connector in a different color than the one you already have. How to remove the rope connector you can probably figure out yourself but putting it back the same way it was before can be a little tricky.

When you have removed the rope connector from the two spliced loops on the neck rope it will look like this.

  1. To put the rope connector back again you start by passing the loop end of the rope connector through one of the spliced loops on the neck rope.   2. After that you insert the knot end be-tween the two ropes on the rope connector.


         
3. Pass the loop end of the rope connector through the other spliced loop on the neck rope.
  4. Then bring the loop of the rope connector over the knot end.

  5. Fininsh by sliding the movable ringknot toward the knot end so that the loop closes.
         
If you prefer an easier way to fasten the rope connector you can attach it like this instead of making an eight out of the rope connector.
       



How do I attach rein extenders?

1. Rein extenders are quick and easy to attach. You start by inserting the loop end through the bit ring (or whatever you
want to attach your reins to) from behind.
  2. Then insert the loop between the two ropes at the knot end.


  3. Pull it tight.



         
4. Slide the ring knot toward the bit ring
to lock the rein extender in place.

  5. Then attach your reins to the loops on the rein extenders and you are ready to ride.