10+ years

in business!

Y Knot Rope Tack

began in

March, 2007.

Thank you to my many customers for your support and loyalty!


Event Schedule

Midwest Horse Fair

Madison, WI

April 12, 13, 14


Booth # OM301

in the Outdoor Mall

same place I've been for several years

Deadline to place an order for pick-up at the fair is March 12


New rope colors are here!


​​​​​​​​​​Unique Trim ~ Leather Accessories

Custom Orders

Rope Halters, Lead Ropes, Long Lines,

Reins, Sticks & Strings, Hackamores,

​ Headstalls, Mecates & More

If you want something fast,  you'd better go somewhere else.

If you want a high quality product, I'll take your order.

General Product Information

Y Knot Rope Tack products are "made in the USA" (in northern Illinois) with "made in the USA" rope.  All supplies (rope and halter cord, waxed cord for finishing halters and sewing splices, leather for lead rope poppers and rein connectors, fiberglass rods and grips for sticks, hardware including snaps and rings) are purchased from US companies - most of which manufacture their materials here in the U.S.  The exceptions being hardware (most hardware manufacturing has been outsourced long ago) and leather (most leather is tanned outside the US).

All rope products are made by hand - by me.  My husband, aka my "tech guy", keeps the computers and printers running, carries heavy spools of rope, and helps with various things (sticks, leather items) but I am the only one who ties the halters, splices reins and lead ropes, braids the trim and fancy knots, designs new products, etc. You can be assured that your equipment has been made and/or inspected by me and has passed the highest standards - mine! This means that you will most likely have to wait longer for your order than if you purchased mass produced items.  Most of my customers say that it is well worth the wait to get the high quality equipment that I provide.

Y Knot Rope Tack products are in high demand.  I have a steady stream of orders year round and I don't remember the last time my in-basket was empty - I always have a backlog.  I usually have very little in stock and mostly make items for orders as they come in.   I make no guarantees as to delivery time but please let me know if you need something by a specific date and I will get it to you by then if at all possible.  While I will make every effort to fill orders in a timely fashion, I intend to stick to my motto:

Turn-Around Time

To manage my backlog of orders, I have to juggle those for standard items and custom items plus trainer and wholesale orders. It can take up to a week to make one complicated custom order (not to mention all the time spent on the phone or email discussing details with the customer) and usually longer than that to complete a big trainer order.  I will sometimes bump the more simple orders (one or two items) ahead of the very complicated and/or large ones in an effort to make the most people happy the soonest as possible - or to make the best use of the time I have left before the post office closes for the day! 

I do the best I can but there are only so many hours in a day.  And due to the stress that tying halters, braiding knots and splicing rope puts on my joints, there is a limit to how many items I can make in one day.  The turn-around times noted below are estimates only - actual time will vary depending on the size of my backlog, time of year, size and complexity of the order, etc., and of course, the unexpected events of life.

Clarification of terms

Standard items include equipment with little or no braided knots or trim.  Center knot on reins, small marker knot on lead rope, custom sized halter would be acceptable in this category.

Custom items include anything with braided trim and knots (more than noted above), new products or variations that require additional time to figure out and make.

Estimated Time Frame

  • Standard Items - in stock:  I normally have very little equipment in stock but if I do, it will take a few days to finalize the order, process the paperwork, etc. 
  • Standard items - ordered:  I try to ship smaller orders (1 or 2 items) within 2 - 3 weeks but it could be longer than that especially in the spring/summer.  Larger orders will likely be around 4 weeks, or longer depending on type and number of items.
  • Custom items - ordered:  I am normally at least 6 weeks out on custom orders but it will depend on how much braiding, number of items, etc.  During the spring/summer, it could easily be 8 weeks or more.

Rush Order Fee

I can sometimes place an order at the top of the stack to meet an important deadline, etc.  The order must be only 1 or 2 standard items and I charge a fee of $5.00 per item in addition to the normal cost of the product.  If my workload is overwhelming (like usual!) or I have several deadline orders already, I may not be able to do a rush order.

To ask questions or to place an order....

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I sell my products at reasonable prices and while I normally don't have "sales", I do offer these discounts:

5/5:  Purchase 5 or more Standard items - any combination of halters, leads, reins, sticks - and receive 5% off the total

10/10:  Purchase 10 or more Standard items - any combination of halters, leads, reins, sticks - and receive 10% off the total

​Training Package:  Purchase your choice of any rope halter, lead rope, long line, reins, stick & string - 1 each at one time - and receive 10% off the set of 6 items.  (Minimal custom work only, please)

The 5/5 and 10/10 discounts apply only to standard items - no custom products - and for items priced at $15.00 or more.

I do not offer discounts on custom products - they cannot be included in the 5 or 10 item total.  I can sometimes spend several hours discussing details, etc. so by not charging a fee for the extra time I spend on taking custom orders, those customers are already getting a nice discount.

Event Schedule

Midwest Horse Fair

  • The only show I normally attend to sell my tack is the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI.  It is held in April, usually in the middle of the month, and runs for 3 days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I have been in the same spot since 2010 - in the outdoor mall, across from the main entrance of the expo building (by the flag poles and now next to the new pavillion!).
  • I take orders and sell stock all three days but returning customers know to stop by my tent early on Friday because I usually sell out of most items by later that day.  With a backlog of orders year round, it is hard to set aside time to make enough stock for a 3-day fair.  I keep a selection of samples on display so you can see what I have to offer.  Most display items are for sale with pick up after 3pm on Sunday or I will ship to you after the fair at no cost.
  • I can take a few "Pre-orders" to be picked up at the fair.  I put a deadline on that sometime in February or early March (depending on fair dates) and will set a limit of pre-orders, depending on number or requests, size of orders, etc.  
  • From about mid-March on, I set aside all orders and work at making stock for the fair.  I am really too busy to go but I enjoy talking with customers in person and when the weather is nice (which has not been very often the last several years - other than 2016 which was awesome!) it is an enjoyable - but hectic - outing.
  • Upcoming fair dates    2019: April 12 - 14      2020: April 17 - 19       2021: 16 - 18

Other events

If I decide to participate in other events, fairs, etc. throughout the year, I will try to get them listed here.