22' Mecate with Pineapple Knot Button

​Use on:  1/2", 5/8"

Choose:  2 colors for knot

​Price for 1/2" rope:  $60.00   ±  $1.00/ft for other length

   call or email for pricing on 5/8" rope


22' Mecate with Basic Button

​Use on:  3/8", 1/2", 5/8"

Choose:  1, 2 or 3 colors for the button

​Price for 1/2" rope:

1 color: $43.00

2 color: $44.00 (shown in picture)

3 color: $46.50

   ±  $1.00/ft for other length

   call or email for pricing on 3/8" and 5/8" rope

​​Mecate Reins (pronounced Meh-Cah’-Tee) originate from the Spanish Vaqueros. It is one length of rope (or braided leather or horse hair) usually around 22’ long that is tied to a bosal or halter - or it can be used with slobber straps - making a loop for your reins and leaving a length as a lead rope. The rein and lead rope length can be adjusted – the longer the lead rope, the shorter the reins and visa versa. It is a great tool for training. Wrap the lead rope around the saddle horn or tuck the end into your belt while you are riding.  The tail end gives you a spanker if you need to reinforce your cues and you have a built in lead rope if you need to get off to do some ground work or just lead your horse somewhere. 

I make mecate reins in a variety of styles. You can choose a very basic, economical style or go all out with a fancy knot and tassel or choose an option somewhere in between.  All styles will have the tail end finished with a leather popper attached through an eye splice (just like my lead ropes) unless you ask for something different. 

An economical tassel - the end of the rope is back spliced and 3 strands of lacing cord are inserted through the rope to create a small tassel.  Standard length is about 5" as shown in picture but I can make it any length.
The back splice makes the rope a little less flexible near the end so you will need to allow for a "tail" when tying onto a halter or bosal or using with slobber straps.  About 4 - 6" of extra length will be needed on the end so keep that in mind when ordering the length of your mecate reins.


22' Mecate with Tassel-ette
​Use on:  3/8", 1/2", 5/8"
Choose:  1, 2 or 3 colors for the tassel
​Price for 1/2" rope:​ $44.00   
±  $1.00/ft for other length
   
call or email for pricing on 3/8" and 5/8" rope

Photo Gallery of Mecate Reins - some with custom options

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22' Mecate with Turkshead Knot Button

​Use on:  3/8", 1/2", 5/8"

Choose:  2 colors for knot

​Price for 1/2" rope:​ $46.50 DW........$47.50 IW

   ±  $1.00/ft for other length

   call or email for pricing on 3/8" and 5/8" rope


This is the most decorative and unique style. The end can be finished with a large pineapple knot button or a large  pineapple knot and tassel. Choose 2 colors to show off the intricate details of this beautiful knot.  Choose 1 to 4 colors for the tassel to match the rope or coordinate with the knot and rope.

The rope is flexible all the way to the knot so there is no need for any additonal "tail" when tying on or using with slobber straps.  The knot can be snugged right up to the slobber strap or noseband if needed.

These knots are fairly large and may not fit through some leather slobber straps but the popper end can be threaded through on both straps.  (Check out my unique rope slobber straps - no problem getting these knots through those.)

22' Mecate with Pineapple Knot & Tassel

​Use on:  1/2", 5/8"

Choose:  2 colors for knot

               1 or more colors for tassel

​Price for 1/2" rope:  $71.00   ±  $1.00/ft for other length

   call or email for pricing on 5/8" rope


Standard tassel length is about 8" but I can make them longer or shorter.

Pineapple Knot button - with or without a Tassel

I can make mecate reins in any length in a variety of rope diameters.  The standard length for using with a bosal or halter is 22'.  It will take about 18" (1/2" rope) to tie the mecate to the nosepiece.  If you are using your mecate reins with slobber straps, common lengths are 20' - 22'.  It takes about 6-9" (1/2" rope) to tie onto each strap but most of that loss is usually recovered by the length of the strap. I have made mecates as short as 16' for a pony and as long as 26'. The leather popper and halter/strap end finish (button, tassel, etc.) are not included in the length.

The most common rope diameter for mecate reins is 1/2".  I have made several mecates in the 3/8" rope for those who want a lighter rein.  I have made a few in the 5/8" rope but they get pretty heavy considering the longer length.

The pricing below is based on a 22' mecate made with 1/2" rope. ±  $1.00/ft for other lengths or call/email for pricing on other options.

I can add custom braided trim to your mecate reins.  I normally do this near the popper end -- I usually do not add trim knots to the rein portion. Since the rein length is adjustable and I don't always have the halter, bosal or slobber straps that you will be using, a center marker or side trim may not end up in the middle or evenly spaced on the sides. 

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Rope Options/Color Choices     Custom Trim Options     Slobber Straps


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All examples in pictures are made with 1/2" rope unless otherwise noted

Tassel-ette

Check List for ordering Mecate Reins:

1. Length of reins

2. Diameter of rope

3. Color of rope

4. Halter/slobber strap end option

  • knot and/or tassel - what color(s) 
  • button - type and color(s)
  • leather lace - color

5. Tail end option

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

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

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The Turkshead Knot is very decorative as well but not as complicated as the pineapple knot so it is a little less expensive.  I can make these in the doubleweave (DW) or interweave (IW) pattern with 2 colors.  The tripled knot (DW3) is an option if you want 3 colors (available only with the tassel).  Choose up to 4 colors for the tassel - to match the rope or coordinate with the rope and the knot. 

The rope is flexible all the way to the knot so there is no need for any additonal "tail" when tying on or using with slobber straps.  The knot can be snugged right up to the slobber strap or noseband if needed.

The knot without the tassel should fit through most slobber strap holes/slits.  The knot with the tassel will need straps with large holes and/or longer slits.  (There will be no problem using these reins with my rope slobber straps.) 

Turkshead Knot button - with or without a Tassel

Leather Lace Trim

22' Mecate with Turkshead Knot and Tassel

​Use on:  3/8", 1/2", 5/8"

Choose:  2 colors for DW or IW, 3 colors DW3

               1 or more colors for tassel

​Price for 1/2" rope:

$63.00 DW.......$64.00 IW.......$65.00 DW3

   ±  $1.00/ft for other length

   call or email for pricing on 3/8" and 5/8" rope


Standard tassel length is about 8" but I can make them longer or shorter.

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A basic style - the end is back spliced and finished with a small piece of leather lace - this is not a popper, just a bit of trim to make a nice finish.

As with the tassel-ette, the back splice makes the rope a llittle less flexible near the end so you will need to allow for a "tail" when tying onto a halter or bosal or using with slobber straps.  About 4 - 6" of extra length will be needed on the end so keep that in mind when ordering the length of your mecate reins.

22' Mecate with Leather Lace Trim
​Use on:  3/8", 1/2", 5/8"
Choose:  leather color
​Price for 1/2" rope:​ $40.50   
±  $1.00/ft for other length
   
call or email for pricing on 3/8" and 5/8" rope​

This option is unique but economical.  The Basic Button is the same braided knot that I use on lead ropes - a bulky button that makes a good stopper.  You can choose 1, 2, or 3 colors for this button.

I do not offer a tassel with this option.  There should be no problem using this style with most slobber straps.


The rope is flexible all the way to the knot so there is no need for any additonal "tail" when tying on.  The knot can be snugged right up to the slobber strap or noseband if needed.

NEWS

Celebrating

10 years

in business!

Y Knot Rope Tack

began in

March, 2007.

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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