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Size guide

On this page you can find measurements and information about things to consider when you choose a size or length for your rope tack. Since I make all my products by hand their actual measurements can vary slightly from the measurements listed here on the website, I am however very meticulous and always try my best to make your tack as exact as possible.

Please note that I make all my products in meters and centimeters. The foot and inch measurements listed on this page are only for comparison and have in many cases been rounded to the nearest foot or inch, so the items you buy might not be exactly the same length in feet or inches as listed here.

You can click on the links below to go directly to the type of tack you want to read about:

Rope halters
The most important measurement to know when you buy a rope halter is the nose circumference, meaning the distance around your horse's nose where the noseband will sit. The noseband should sit a few centimeters below the horse's cheek bones (small bulges on each side of the horse's head). In the picture below you can see where the cheek bones are and approximately where you should measure to get the right size for your rope halter.

Rope halters should fit rather snugly when they are new. When I make your rope halter I tighten all the knots by hand but when you receive your halter and start using it the knots will get even tighter and the halter will become slightly larger. It is not the rope that stretches, only the knots that get pulled tighter since your horse is a lot stronger than I am.

In order for your rope halter not to become too large after a while you should choose a size that has a roughly 5 centimeter (2 inches) larger nose circumference than your horse. This is however just an approximation and can vary depending on the size of your horse, what type of rope halter you plan on buying and so on. If you want a halter with extra nose knots or a braided noseband you generally need a somewhat larger nose cirumference, since the nosebands on such halters do not fit as close to the horse's face as other types of halters, and in such cases you might need to choose a larger size than you normally do.

Below you can see how large nose circumference the rope halters I make have in each of the 7 sizes. If you are unsure which of two sizes you should choose I recommend that you choose the larger size to ensure that your halter will not be too small.

   Mini shetland: 46 cm (18")
   Shetland: 50 cm (20")
   Pony: 54 cm (21")
   Cob: 60 cm (24")
   Full: 66 cm (26")
   X-full: 72 cm (28")
   XX-full: 76 cm (30")

Lead ropes
The length of lead ropes is measured including bolt snaps or rope connectors and also any end knots if you have choosen that end alternative. Rope poppers and tassels, on the other hand, are not included. I make lead ropes in 8 standard lengths:

   2 m (7 ft)
   3 m (10 ft)
   3,70 m (12 ft)
   4 m (13 ft)
   6 m (20 ft)
   6,70 m (22 ft)
   8 m (26 ft)
   10 m (33 ft)

The lengths 3,70 and 6,70 meters are equivalent to 12 and 22 feet respectively, which are two of the most common lead rope lengths in natural horsemanship, so if you prefer any of these specific lengths I have those as well. If you would rather have some other length than those listed here you are welcome to contact me and I will gladly custom-make a lead rope according to your specific requirements, whether you want a lead rope that is 15 meters, 4,99 meters or any other length.

Loop reins
The loop reins I make do not have sizes, instead they are measured in meters from end to end including snaps or rope connectors depending on which attachment option you choose. The standard lengths I offer are:

   2 m (6 1/2 ft)
   2,20 m (7 ft)
   2,40 m (8 ft)
   2,5 m (8 1/4 ft)
   2,60 m (8 1/2 ft)
   2,80 m (9 ft)
   3 m (10 ft)
   3,20 m (10 1/2 ft)
   3,40 m (11 ft)
   3,5 m (11 1/2 ft)
   3,60 m (12 ft)
   3,80 m (12 1/2 ft)

If you normally buy reins in sizes and do not know what length you need in meters, pony sized reins normally measure around 2,40 - 2,60 meters, cob 2,60 - 2,80 meters, full 2,80 - 3 meters och X-full about 3 - 3,20 meters. This varies a lot between brands however so I recommend that you measure a pair of reins that you know are the correct length for you and your horse, that way you will have a better idea of what length you should buy. And if you need some other length than those available here on the website I can always custom-make reins in any length you want.

Split reins
Split reins are measured in meters from end to end including snaps or rope connectors and any rope poppers, end knots or tassels depending on which end option you choose. You have the following standard lengths to choose from:

   2 x 1,80 m (6 ft)
   2 x 2 m (6 1/2 ft)
   2 x 2,20 m (7 ft)
   2 x 2,40 m (8 ft)
   2 x 2,60 m (8 1/2 ft)
   2 x 2,80 m (9 ft)

The most common lengths for split reins are 7 and 8 feet, which are equivalent to my length options 2,20 and 2,40 meters. 2,20 meters generally suit large ponies and small horses and can roughly be considered cob size, whereas 2,40 meters tend to fit somewhat larger horses and thus is similar to full size. If you have a small pony I recommend that you choose 1,80 or 2 meters and if you have a very large horse you might need 2,60 or 2,80 meters. What length you choose for split reins is however very individual and depends not only on the size of your horse but also your personal preference as a rider.

Mecate reins
Like lead ropes, mecate reins are measured including end knots but without any tassels or rope poppers depending on which options you choose for each of the two ends. The most common length for mecate reins is 22 feet (6,70 meters). The rope is then tied in such a way that you get a 9 foot (almost 2,75 meters) long loop rein and a 12 foot (about 3,70 meters) lead rope, which generally works well for smaller horses. But to also suit large horses and ponies I offer 6 different lengths for mecate reins:

   5,5 m (18 ft)
   6 m (20 ft)
   6,5 m (21 ft)
   6,70 m (22 ft)
   7 m (23 ft)
   7,5 m (25 ft)

To calculate what length you need you simply add the rein length you need and the lead rope length you want, plus about 20-30 centimeters to tie the mecate rein (exactly how much extra rope you need depends on how you plan to attach the rein). That gives you roughly the length you should choose.

An example:

You need reins that are 3,20 meters long and want a lead rope that is 4 meters long. 3,20 m + 4 m + 0,30 m = 7,5 m. That means you need a mecate rein that is approximately 7,5 meters long.

Long loop reins / driving reins
The length of long loop reins refers to the entire length of the long rein from end to end including snaps or rope connectors depending on which attachment option you choose. I make long reins in many different lengths to fit all kinds of horse sizes and and a wide range of uses. The standard lengths I offer are:

   4 m (13 ft)
   5 m (16 ft)
   6 m (20 ft)
   7 m (23 ft)
   8 m (26 ft)
   10 m (33 ft)
   12 m (39 ft)
   14 m (46 ft)
   16 m (52 ft)
   18 m (59 ft)
   20 m (66 ft)

When cart driving, 8 meters is generally a good rein length for ponies and around 12 meters for horses. Reins used for ground driving are normally a bit longer, for horses 16 meters is a common length. Which length is considered suitable for long reins is however very individual and depends not only on the size of your horse and what the reins are used for but also your personal preference. For example, some people find 16 m ground driving reins to be way too long and difficult to handle, while others prefer long reins that are even longer than 16 m, so preferences vary a lot.

Long split reins / driving reins
Long split reins are measured from end to end including snaps or rope connectors depending on which attachment option you choose. You have the following standard lengths to choose from:

   2 x 2 m (7 ft)
   2 x 2,5 m (8 ft)
     2 x 3 m (10 ft)
   2 x 3,5 m (11 ft)
   2 x 4 m (13 ft)
   2 x 5 m (16 ft)
   2 x 6 m (20 ft)
   2 x 7 m (23 ft)
   2 x 8 m (26 ft)
   2 x 9 m (30 ft)
   2 x 10 m (33 ft)

Which length is suitable for you depends on what you are planning to use the long reins for, how big your horse is and so on. In the section above you can find examples of common lengths for long loop reins that can give you an approximate idea of which length that might be right for you. Just remember to choose half the length when you order long split reins, since the length you choose applies to each separate rein part (that is, a pair of long split reins with the length 2 x 6 m corresponds to long loop reins that are 12 m long).

Rope bridles / bridle parts
Finding a bridle that fits your horse is not so easy, especially since sizes vary quite a lot between different manufacturers. To know what size you should choose when you buy a rope bridle from me you can measure the distance over your horse's poll from bit ring to bit ring when it is wearing its usual bridle. Then compare the measurement you get with the lengths in the table below and check which size you get closest to.

The lengths from bit ring to bit ring in the table below refers to the normal length of the headstall, you can then make it shorter or longer to precisely fit your horse. The length of the throatlatch is the same as the length between the bit rings and refers to the normal length of the throatlatch all the way around the horse's neck, but the throatlatch is of course also adjustable.

In the table below you can also see how long the browbands are from end to end (their total length, that is). The browbands I make are slightly longer than the browbands on regular English leather bridles since the loops that the headstall and throatlatch run through are longer on my rope bridles than on leather bridles. When you buy a rope bridle from me you should therefore have a browband that is about 4 centimeters (1 1/2 inches) longer than what you normally have on leather browbands. If you want a browband for your rope halter it should also be a few centimeters longer since a halter normally sits slightly further back on the horses neck than a bridle.

    Length bit ring to bit ring
+ throatlatch length
Browband length
(end to end)
   Mini shetland 70 cm  (28") 33 cm (13")
   Shetland 80 cm  (31") 36 cm (14")
   Pony 90 cm  (35") 39 cm (15")
   Cob 100 cm (39") 42 cm (17")
   Full 110 cm (43") 45 cm (18")
   X-full 120 cm (47") 48 cm (19")
   XX-full 130 cm (51") 51 cm (20")

Rope bosals
I make rope bosals with the same nose circumference as rope halters, that is:

   Mini shetland: 46 cm (18")
   Shetland: 50 cm (20")
   Pony: 54 cm (21")
   Cob: 60 cm (24")
   Full: 66 cm (26")
   X-full: 72 cm (28")
   XX-full: 76 cm (30")

Like rope halters with braided nosebands, the braiding makes the nose circumference of the bosals slightly smaller than the measurements above but since you normally place a bosal somewhat lower on the horse's face than a rope halter you should be able to have the same size on bosals as you have on rope halters.

Neck ropes
Which neck rope length is right for you depends on how big your horse is but also what you are going to use the neck rope for and how you use it. Therefore the easiest way to know which length you should choose is to take any rope you have at home (for example a short lead rope), tie it around your horse's neck and check which length you feel is right. If you have several horses in different sizes or for any other reason want to be able to change the length of your neck rope I have a few neck rope variants that are adjustable and if you only need one fixed length I also have non-adjustable neck ropes. The non-adjustable neck ropes come in the following standard lengths:

   1 m (39")
   1,20 m (47")
   1,40 m (55")
   1,60 m (63")
   1,80 m (71")
   2 m (79")
   2,20 m (87")
   2,40 m (94")

If you need some other length I can of course custom-make a neck rope for you with the exact length you want.