Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'm So Excited!

The stuff in the picture above cost me between $15-$17. With it I made a set of eighteen foot driving reins (for ground driving Chrome) that cost about $10-$12 with both together and I also made him a homemade rope halter for all of a whole DOLLAR!!! I'm so excited. I love making stuff and I love saving money. A single lunge line at the store cost $20 so I basically made two for the price of one. And a rope halter sells for around $13 and I made mine for $1. :) I still have around 45 feet of rope left that I can make a bigger halter out of when Chrome is done growing. :)

Here is a picture of the eighteen foot driving reins. I know that's probably a bit long, but I would rather they were too long than too short. :) This is the first step toward my ground driving goal this year. :D

Here are the ends.

Yes, I duct taped the ends. I'll do something nice to it later. It was getting late and I didn't want the ends to fray. :)

Here is the other end. The clamps were a bit tough to close with an enormous pair of channel locks, but I don't have a lot of arm strength lol. I made the clips changeable. You just slip the loop through the ring and then slip it over the clip/snap. Viola! Easy change clips/snaps in case one breaks. :)

Here is the finished rope halter. It took me around two hours to make. It would have gone a LOT faster if I weren't so knot dyslexic. I've never done a double overhand knot before so I had to practice a while before I got it right. :) Here is the link to the site where I found the instructions for making it. And to help you out here is the video I found on YouTube showing how to do the double overhand knot. It took me several tries to get it right. :) I think the halter turned out really well for my first attempt. What is cool is that you don't have to cut the rope at all and you don't need any hardware. I'm all for that. :) Since I paid $5 for 100 feet of the rope we calculated it up to costing approximately one dollar.

And here are the pictures of Chrome wearing his new halter. It even matches his old catch rope. :)

Begging for treats. Silly colt.

Again I duct taped the end. I'll sew it or something later on.

Brat wasn't cooperating with his ears lol. Front view.

I was so excited when I finished it last night that I had to run out and put it on him in the dark lol. I can't believe how nice it turned out. Except for the duct tape it looks just like the one I bought years and years ago (that I no longer have). :D If you're decent with a knot you should give this a shot. It's so easy once you figure it out. I might use this as a gift idea for horsey friends since I can get the rope so cheap. :)

P.S. I got the rope at Tractor Supply Company if you want to look for it there. I didn't get it cut. It was already cut 100 feet for $5. :)


  1. Good job on the halter!! I must admit, I don't know much about horses or halters, but good job!! I make all my own dog collars as well; it costs me a fraction of the price buying them does plus all the dogs can have awesome new, fun collars anytime I want! :)

    Jen and the Black Dog Crew

  2. Heya!! So, I went out and bought some webbing/hardware/pretty ribbon and I just experimented. Actually, I lucked out and a lady I discovered was selling all her collar stuff because she had sold her house to travel. Anyway, I basically am just self taught, no pattern but I did take apart a couple collars to see how they all fit together. Once you have the basics, you can change it to whatever style you like- martingale, buckle, etc. Or whatever size you want. Hope that helps!

    Jen and the BDC

  3. Looks great. Is the rope stiff? That is what I love about my rope halter. The softer ones just don't translate thru quick enough and I've seen horses get severe rope burns from softer ropes.

  4. Love the halter. Looks like you did a great job and it looks like it fits him really well. I've tried this in the past--the knots are HARD to figure out at first!

    With similar rope in the past I've burned the end of the rope to prevent it from unraveling. This can work fairly well.

    I also really like that you made your drive lines so that the snaps come of. That should come in handy.


  5. Wow I'm really impressed with the halter, I had to buy one as I would definitely tie myself up trying to do the knots, lol! :D

  6. I have a store bought rope halter for my mare, but I'm honestly tempted to make one just for fun...great job!


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