Lead Rope with Option 2 Snap
Rope Diameter8'12'14'22'
3/8"$30.00$33.00$34.50

$40.50

1/2"$34.00$38.00$40.00

$48.00

5/8"$36.80$42.20$44.90

$55.70


Rope Options for Diameter and Color

3/8" Double Braid Polyester

A lighter weight and thinner rope than the 1/2" - great for those really long lines (25', 30'+) where the thicker ropes would be too heavy.  Also nice for "get-down" ropes.  Available in black only.

Photo Gallery of Lead Ropes with Snaps

click on pictures to enlarge

Common uses for each diameter

1/4"  Featherweight lines, Get-down ropes

3/8"  Light weight long lines, Get-down ropes

1/2"  Lead ropes, Long lines

5/8"  Lead ropes

Prices for Lead Ropes with Option 2 Snap on halter end, Leather Popper on tail end
For prices of lead ropes in different lengths and/or with a plain end, scroll down to the Make Your Own Lead Rope section 
For price of lead rope with Option 2L (lightweight bolt) Snap: subtract $2.50 from the Option 2 prices below.
For price of lead rope with Brass or Stainless Steel 2" Ring only: subtract $2.50 from the Option 2 prices below.

Option 1 Snaps:

for all types of lead ropes and long lines

Step 1:  Choose the diameter of rope then multiply the total length you want your lead rope to be by the per/ft price.


1/2" diameter rope, 18' long 


$18.00  18' x $1.00

Check List for ordering a lead rope:

1. Length of lead rope

2. Diameter of rope

3. Color of rope

4. Tail end option

  • standard leather popper - color of popper
  • plain end
  • ​custom end - if so, details

5. Halter end option

  • eye splice 
  • button - what color(s)
  • snap - what type & finish
  • if snap - how attached: removable or permanent

6. Customization, if any (trim, knots, etc.)

Lead Ropes and Long Lines made with Double Braid Polyester rope are excellent training tools. Double braid rope is constructed with a braided cover over a separate braided core – a rope inside of a rope. This gives it a special "feel" and makes it heavier than regular rope so it communicates your cues better. This construction also allows for eye splicing - so snaps can be more securely attached instead of using rope clamps. It also allows for back splicing – so ends can be neatly finished instead of simply melting the rope. 

All lead ropes are made with Artcraft Braid rope.  It is manufactured in the USA and is designed specifically for the equine industry.  It is excellent rope!

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Ring/Clip Combo

     2" Solid Brass Ring / Stainless Steel Spring Clip

     2" Stainless Steel Ring / Stainless Steel Spring Clip

Trigger Bull Snap

     Brass plate

     Nickel plate

Large Brass Bolt Snap

Lightweight Large Nickel Bolt Snap (Option 2L Snap)

The snap eye is smaller but still fits on rope halter loops.  Suitable for mini horse leads or wherever a lighter weight snap is needed - long lines, light duty leads, etc.​​


Leather Popper:  This is the standard option on my lead ropes.  Unless another option is chosen, all lead ropes will have a leather popper on the tail end (latigo leather in black or burgundy ~ bridle leather in brown). I make a small eye splice in the rope and attach the popper with a double heart braid. That way the rope fibers are not damaged by pulling the popper through the end and you can easily replace the popper if it gets chewed off or torn.  The eye splice also adds weight to the end of your rope, making it easier to twirl and throw.  

Poppers on 1/4" rope are 3/8" wide; 1/2" wide on all other rope.

Replacement poppers are $3.00 for 1/2"; $2.00 for 3/8"

Click here for more details  About the Leather.

Scissor Snap - Nickel Plated, Brass or Stainless Steel (Option 3SS Snap

  • The opening on the scissor snaps does fit on both loops of a rope halter made with 1/4" double braid or halter cord.  Halters made with larger diameter rope or cord are a little too thick for the snap to close completely.
  • for spliced in with 1/2" rope, for spliced in or on eye splice with 3/8" or 1/4" rope
  • recommend using stainless steel for spliced in snap​​ - will never rust and is sturdier

Removable:  You can have your snap attached with an eye splice (blue and purple rope in picture).  This way you can easily remove the snap if you decide not to use it, switch to a different snap, or replace it if it ever breaks.  This creates a bit of a lump (which will become smaller with use) but in my opinion, the advantages it provides outweigh the bulkiness of the connection.
Permanent:  I can attach your choice of snap directly into the rope when I make the splice (brown and black rope in picture).  This makes for a slimmer profile but if the snap breaks, your lead rope will need a major repair.

I have to permanently splice in the stainless steel trigger bull snap on 5/8" rope because it has a smaller ring at the base.


There is no difference in price between a removable or permanent snap attachment. Just tell me which option you want.

1/2" Double Braid Polyester

This is generally the standard diameter in the horse industry.  All my trainers use the 1/2" rope for their lead ropes.  A great weight and feel for training - substantial enough to be easy to hold onto but not too heavy even for the longer lines.  Also nice for shorter ropes used mainly for leading/tying or as a "get down rope".  It will remain flexible and easy to tie even after years of use.  Available in the colors shown below.

Rope Diameter Options
Rope Diameter
Price/Foot of Rope
1/4"$ .40
3/8"$ .75
1/2"$1.00
5/8"$1.35


Common uses for each diameter

3/8"  Light weight long lines, Get-down ropes

1/2"  Lead ropes, Long lines

5/8"  Lead ropes


Basic Button - 2 colors BB2

Solid: Black, Tan, Brown, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Blue, Purple, Red, Neon Orange, Yellow, Neon Green, Coral Pink, Silver Gray, Navy

Click here for more details About the Rope.

Lead Rope with Basic Button
Rope Diameter8'12'14'22'
1/4"$16.20$17.80$18.60

$21.80

3/8"$25.00$28.00$29.50

$35.50

1/2"$29.00$33.00$35.00

$43.00

5/8"$31.80$37.20$39.90

$50.70


​​custom lead ropes


Solid:  Black only

Basic Button - 1 color BB1

Option 3 Snaps:  for Feather Weight Lines, driving lines

Options for Length

​​The most common lengths for groundwork training are 12’ or 14’.  The "standard" long line is 22’.  I usually have those lengths available at fairs or events.  8 - 9' is a good length for a rope that will be used mainly for leading/tying.  I can make lead ropes in any length (6' minimum for splicing requirements) so you can order exactly what you want.   I measure the lead rope from end to end of the rope.  The snap (if any) is included in the length, the leather popper is not included in the length.  I cannot guarantee the lead rope will be exactly a certain length but it will be within 1 - 2".  I generally err on the side of being a little long rather than too short.

Snap: When attached on the halter end of a lead rope, a snap makes for a quick connection.   The choice of snap is a personal preference and I carry a variety of snaps for that reason.  I have them grouped into categories as to size, cost, etc. in the sections below.  I do not guarantee any hardware against breakage.  In fact, since the rope is very unlikely to break, it is advantageous that the snap can provide a weak link so it will break in a bad situation and hopefully avoid injury to your horse.  For more details on the snaps, go to  About the Hardware

Basic Button:  This option has a button knot of braided polyester lacing cord on the end. Attach to your halter by tying a sheet bend knot around the halter loops – the same knot you use to tie on your halter. Although it is not quite as secure as the eye splice, it is a faster, non-metal way to attach your lead rope.  The button makes a stopper and will keep the rope from slipping through the knot.

The standard button end will be braided with one color.  Since it is a tripled knot,  3 colors are possible but I would recommend using 1 or 2 colors - those buttons are more secure and are better for the heavy duty use a lead rope gets.

Other options are available that would be suitable for lighter duty lead ropes.  
Click here for Custom Options.


​Smaller size buttons are used on 1/4" and 3/8" rope.

Other Examples

Options for Tail End


Solid:  Black, Tan, Brown, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Blue, Purple, Red, Neon Orange,
Neon Green, Coral Pink




Pattern:
Violet Combo*, Rainbow

*raspberry yarn is polypropylene, not polyester
Heather: 
Silverado


 Prices of lead ropes are listed for each type and

also in a "build your own lead rope" section

near the bottom of this page. 

Below are a few of the custom lead ropes I have made.  If you have an idea for something that you haven't seen on my website or elsewhere, let me know what it is and I can probably make it for you.


Halter End Option
Rope DiameterEye Splice or Basic Buttonw/ Option 1 Snapw/ Option 2 Snap*w/ Option 3 Snap**
1/4"$5.50

$7.00

3/8"$8.00$16.00$13.00

$9.50

1/2"$9.00$17.00$14.00

$10.50

5/8"$9.00$17.00$14.00

$10.50

* subtract $2.50 for Lightweight bolt snap and for 2" ring only instead of ring and clip

** add $2.50 for stainless steel scissor snap


Common uses for each diameter

1/4"  Featherweight lines, Get-down ropes

3/8"  Light weight long lines, Get-down ropes

1/2"  Lead ropes, Long lines

5/8"  Lead ropes

Common uses for each diameter

3/8"  Light weight long lines, Get-down ropes

1/2"  Lead ropes, Long lines

5/8"  Lead ropes


*Leather popper on 1/4" rope is 3/8" wide; poppers on all other rope are 1/2" wide

​5/8" Double Braid Polyester

A heavier weight and thicker rope than the 1/2".  For those who like a more substantial rope to hold onto, but I would not recommend it for longer lines.  In my opinion, it would be too heavy for a lead rope longer than 15 - 16'.

Available in black only.

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Options for Halter End

Step 2:  Choose the type of halter end that you want.


1/2" diameter rope, 18' long  

Trigger bull snap


$18.00  18' long x $1.00

$14.00  with option 2 snap

30' line in 1/4" rope:  

    30 x $ .40                            12.00
    Stainless steel scissor snap               

   $7.00 +  $2.50 (opt 3SS)        9.50
   Leather popper                       7.50
                                              $ 29.00

10' lead in 5/8" rope:

    10 x $1.35                       13.50
    Brass bolt snap (Opt 2)   14.00
    Plain Tail End                    5.00
                                         $ 32.50

Custom End:  This would include buttons, knots and tassels, etc.  Click here for Custom Options.

1/4"Double Braid Polyster

Used for long "Feather Weight Lines" or "get-down" ropes.  Available in the colors shown below.


Tail End Option
Rope DiameterEye Splice & Leather Popper*Plain End
1/4"$7.50$3.50
3/8"$11.00$4.50
1/2"$12.00$5.00
5/8"$12.00$5.00


LEAD ROPES & LONG LINES options


Medium Bolt Snap - Nickel Plated or Brass (ring sizes: 1" left or 3/4" right)

  • The opening of the medium bolt snaps is not large enough to fit around both loops of a rope halter easily but works fine with web or leather halter rings or Quick Snap Get-down Rope rings, side pull rings, etc.
  • larger 1" ring for attaching 1/2" rope with eye splice
  • small ring for spliced in with 1/2" rope, for spliced in or on eye splice with 3/8" or 1/4" rope

Prices for Lead Ropes with Basic Button on halter end, Leather Popper on tail end
For prices of lead ropes in different lengths and/or with a plain end, scroll down to the Make Your Own Lead Rope section 
For Basic Button in 2 colors, add $1.00 to prices below

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Y Knot Rope Tack

began in

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

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I will once again

have a booth at the Midwest Horse Fair

in Madison, WI

April 21, 22, 23

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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 22

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Custom Orders

Rope Halters, Lead Ropes, Long Lines,

Reins, Sticks & Strings, Hackamores,

​ Headstalls, Mecates & More

Option 2 Snaps: for all types of lead ropes and long lines

Prices for Lead Ropes with Option 1 Snap on halter end, Leather Popper on tail end
For prices of lead ropes in different lengths and/or with a plain end, scroll down to the Make Your Own Lead Rope section 

Forked Lead Ropes.  Medium brass bolt snaps - permanent attachment on flat braid splices due to shortness of length from fork; plain tail end; 1/2" rope



Lead Rope with Option 3 Snap
Rope Diameter8'12'14'22'
1/4"$17.70$19.30$20.10

$23.30

3/8"$26.50$29.50$31.00

$37.00

1/2"$30.50$34.50$36.50

$44.50


Common uses for each diameter

1/4"  Featherweight lines, Get-down ropes

3/8"  Light weight long lines, Get-down ropes

1/2"  Lead ropes, Long lines (not a common snap for this diameter of rope - but possible)


Solid: Black only

Prices for Lead Ropes with Option 3 Snap on halter end, Leather Popper on tail end
For prices of lead ropes in different lengths and/or with a plain end, scroll down to the Make Your Own Lead Rope section 
For Stainless Steel Scissor Snap, add $2.50 to prices below

Prices for Lead Ropes with Eye Splice on halter end, Leather Popper on tail end
For prices of lead ropes in different lengths and/or with a plain end, scroll down to the Make Your Own Lead Rope section 

Lead Rope with Eye Splice
Rope Diameter8'12'14'22'
1/4"$16.20$17.80$18.60

$21.80

3/8"$25.00$28.00$29.50

$35.50

1/2"$29.00$33.00$35.00

$43.00

5/8"$31.80$37.20$39.90

$50.70


Plain End:  This is a nice finished end (I make a back splice) that adds a little weight and is a good option for shorter lead ropes that will be used mainly for leading and tying.  If you don't need the leather popper - why pay for it?  

Go to About the Rope for information on splices

​​Build Your Own Lead Rope


Neck Rope with quick-snap rings.  Large brass bolt snap on eye splice; leather popper on tail end; 1/2" rope


This creates a quick way to catch and lead your horse. The rings can be moved to adjust the size of the loop.

Only available on the 1/2" rope.



Lead Rope with Option 1 Snap
Rope Diameter8'12'14'22'
3/8"$33.00$36.00$37.50

$43.50

1/2"$37.00$4100$43.00

$51.00

5/8"$39.80$45.20$47.90

$58.70


Step 3:  Choose the type of tail end that you want.


1/2" diameter rope, 18' long 

Trigger bull snap

Eye splice & leather popper


$18.00  18' long x $1.00

$14.00  with option 2 snap

$12.00  with popper

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$44.00  Total cost of your lead rope

Neck Rope with quick-snap rings.  Button Loop connector - permanent attachment; leather popper on tail end; 1/2" rope


Same as the rainbow neck rope except with  button loop instead of snap.



16' get-down rope in 3/8" rope:  

    16 x $ .75             12.00
    Basic button           8.00
    Leather popper     11.00
                              $ 31.00

I now carry a replacement trigger bull snap - if you have a lead rope with a broken snap.Click here for details.

Eye Splice:  Attaches to the halter without a snap. It makes a connection that is 100% guaranteed not to come undone but the lead can be easily removed when you want. You do have to pull the whole length of the lead rope through the halter loops, though, so this option is best if you plan to keep your halter and lead together most of the time.

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Brass Twist Snap (Parelli type)

​Stainless Steel Trigger Bull Snap (C. Anderson type)

Large Stainless Steel Bolt Snap