I have been making my own halters for several years.
A friend of mine, David Wylie taught
The first ones I made were with 1/2 " platted nylon and they were OK,
But in time I have come to prefer using 1/4" nylon
cord. It's lighter and
cheaper. You can just leave them hanging around the Lot and you have one
when you need them.
The first ones I tied used a "rose
knot" at the base of the bosal. The one here uses a
knot is more traditional and does not pull down So tight. You
can actually adjust the size of the bosal if
you use the FIADOR!
I learned to tie the fiador knot
from the web site of Connie Nygard .
Start with 20' of 1/4" braided nylon cord.
2. Double it to
find the center then tie an overhand knot 12" from the center.
3. Tie a second
overhand knot 6" to the short end of the rope. This will be the
the bosal of your halter.
"There are only
two knots in this halter
The Fiador and the double overhand"
4. Double your
rope at this point and tie the fiador knot 6"down
from the knots on
your bosal as shown.
5. With one
of the two long ends of the cord tie an overhand
knot AROUND the
other one. Then tie an overhand knot with it around the cord
that was previously
knotted. Each rope is to have a knot tied in it and each
rope is running through
the knot of the other rope.
knots in this halter will be this same
6. You will note that you now have one long piece of rope and a
short one. With the
LONG ONE tie an overhand knot 6" from the throat
latch knot then make a loop
of suitable size and tie an overhand knot
the rope and
thread the rope through the previous knot tied.
critical that this knot be on the loop side of the
7. Thread this rope (still the long one) through the knot on the
left side of
the bosal and
tie a knot. Then through the right side bosal knot and
8. The last knot you will tie will be the same double overhand
knot and the
measurements will be the same that are on the left side
of the halter.
YOU NOW HAVE WHAT
I THINK IS THE
BEST HALTER IN THE WORLD
A COWBOY HALTER
You can make
these halters out of anything you can get so long as it is braided or plated.
The prettiest one I ever saw was made out
of braided rawhide.
When I was wrangling dudes in Colorado in 1987 I made one out of natural hay
twine that I had braided and sold it to a dude for $50.00.
Pat Parelli uses yacht cord and that is likely the best but
I have not been able to find
it at anywhere a reasonable price.
I just use rope that I buy at WalMart and it costs $5.50
for 100'. That makes your halter cost you $1.10 each plus the cost of a trip to the Psyke. Ward for the break
down you had trying to learn how to tie it.
your halter like this! /\
should look like this/\