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13 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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Midwest Horse Fair

Madison, WI

I will no longer be attending as a vendor

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New flag colors:

black, yellow,red,blue,purple


with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26    


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

Custom Orders

Rope Halters, Lead Ropes, Long Lines,

Reins, Sticks & Strings, Hackamores,

​ Headstalls, Mecates & More

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Bulk rope availability, clearance rope, and pricing on that page also

Comparison of standard and spliced tie end

Clearance Rope

The following rope is on clearance.  There is nothing wrong with the rope - I am simply reducing my stock.  This rope is what is left from a previous supplier and will only be available while supplies last. 

standard finished end of poll strap




Spliced tie end

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:19-21  ESV

Size Options

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Never attach lead ropes or reins to just one of the halter loops as this could destroy the fiador knot.

When ordering a rope halter, you will have to choose what type of rope or cord you want. If you are working with a particular trainer, you should follow their recommendation - some prefer the stiff cord, some prefer the soft rope. If you don't have a trainer recommendation, things to consider when determining the best choice of rope or cord are the level of training and/or responsiveness of your horse and the intended use of the halter. A stiff halter will have some "bite" to it which can be helpful in working with a disrespectful horse. A soft halter will be less aggressive and might be more suitable for a gentle horse that is sensitive and responsive.  Rope halters are excellent training tools but they also work well for every day use.  And since they are lightweight and have no bulky, metal pieces, they work great for wearing under a bridle.  The soft rope or thinner cord is better for that purpose.

It is important to note that the severity of a rope halter (or any equipment) is determined more by how it is used than by the material it is made of. In general - the stiffer and thinner the cord, the more bite the halter will have. The soft rope will make a milder halter.

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I am discontinuing this cord. There have been very few orders for halters made with this cord over the last couple years. I have quite a bit of each color but once my supply is gone, it will no longer be available.

Checklist for ordering a Halter

1. style of halter or bitless bridle

  • regular (2 knot)
  • extra knots (4 knot)
  • bosalter (braided noseband)

2. size - standard size or measurements for custom halter
3. type of rope or cord

4. color of rope or cord

5. color of braided trim, if any

6. custom options, if any

5/16" Halter Cord:  This cord makes a semi-stiff halter.  While it is a very firm cord, the larger diameter keeps it from being too severe.  It makes a bulkier halter so it is not suitable for the smaller sizes and it is not the best choice for wearing under a bridle.
Pattern Colors: 
Forest Combo - hunter green, tan, burgundy 
Patriot Combo - red, white, blue 
Violet Combo - raspberry*, purple, black
*raspberry yarn is polypropylene, not polyester

To clean your rope halter:  Soak in a sink or a bucket of water – add a little soap if really dirty (any laundry detergent will do – it’s polyester … like your clothes!), rub off any dirt that remains, rinse and hang to dry. 

Cleaning halters in a washing machine is not recommended.  If you choose to do so, it would be best to put the halter in a pillow case or mesh lingerie bag.  This will help to keep the fiador knot intact. 

(Ask about my Repair Service, if needed)

1/4" Polyester Halter Cord:  This cord makes a stiff halter (Clinton Anderson type).  It is great for training - especially if you want a halter with more "bite".  It holds its shape and is easy to put on.  Suitable for all types and sizes of halters and bitless bridles but is a little bulky in the mini sizes.

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


Rainbow (blue, purple, red, neon orange, yellow, neon green, pink, black)

TurquoiseSB (turquoise with silver and black flecks)

Twilight (blue, purple, navy -- also "goes" with black since navy is very dark)

correct "knot" on the tie loop (near side)

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Halter Fit: Your new rope halter should fit snugly at first - that is by design. I measure the spaces between the knots carefully then tighten the knots by hand. As you use it, your horse (who is much stronger than I am) will tighten the knots further and the halter will become slightly larger. The rope does not stretch, but as the knots get tighter, the halter will get a bit bigger. I allow for this process when I make the halter so it will fit properly after a couple uses and not end up too big.  
Because I only hand-tighten the knots, you can make any adjustments, if necessary, when you first get your halter. After you have used the halter for a while, the double overhand knots will probably get so tight that any adjustment will become very difficult. However, the fiador knot under the chin - which is a sign of a well-made halter - will always remain adjustable so the nose opening can be altered if necessary. (An instruction sheet for doing this is included with every halter order.)  I sew or whip the halter loops together so any adjustments to the fiador knot will be even. This whipping/tacking, while not intended to be permanent, also serves as a reminder to keep the loops together. 

¼" RJ Double Braid Polyester – makes a very soft halter. Suitable for all types and sizes of halters and bitless bridle.
Solid Color: Tan

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1/4" Double Braid Polyester:  This rope makes a soft halter (Parelli type).  It is flexible but not flimsy.  It makes a great halter for training, "every day" use like leading and tying up, and wearing under a bridle.  A halter made with this rope will be less aggressive than one made with the stiffer cords. Sutiable for all types and sizes of halters and bitless bridles.

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

Multi Colors:

Rainbow (blue, purple, red, neon orange, yellow, neon green, pink, black)

TurquoiseSB (with silver and black flecks)

Twilight (blue, purple, navy -- also "goes" with black since navy is very dark)

Alternate options for poll strap

Spliced tie end

Both strands of rope are spliced together near the end, then finished with waxed cord whipping and rope sealant.
This option adds $3.00 to the price of any halter

Rope Options for Halters

​​3/8" Double Braid Polyester:  The same type of rope as the 1/4" double braid polyester – just a bigger diameter.  Suitable for full draft size, regular and extra knots halters only.  Not for other sizes or bitless bridles.
Solid color: black only at this time

Knotted tie end

A double overhand knot is tied and the ends are melted.

​This option is the same price as the standard end


3/16" Polyester Halter Cord:​  The same type of cord as the 1/4" polyester halter cord – just a smaller diameter – so it also makes a stiff halter but with even more "bite".  Since it is thinner, it is a better choice than the 1/4" if you want a stiff halter for a mini or very small pony or for wearing under a bridle.  Suitable for all types and sizes of halters and bitless bridles.

Pattern Colors:  Black/Tan, Blue/Red, Purple/Raspberry*
*raspberry yarn is polypropylene, not polyester

double overhand knot & label (off side)

Never lead a horse by holding onto or pulling on the noseband section above the fiador knot.  It is best to use a lead rope with a rope halter, but when leading without one, always grasp the whole fiador knot or the loops below the knot. 

fiador knot & loops to attach lead rope

A Note about the Fiador Knot (the big knot under the chin): The advantage of a fiador knot is that it can always be loosened and adjusted.  The disadvantage is that it can loosen "on its own".  This normally does not happen if you use your halter regularly with a lead rope attached.  If your halter is not being used much or is stored in a tack box and gets "stirred around", then the fiador could become loose.  It might also happen with riding halters that do not normally have a lead rope attached. If the fiador becomes loose, the dimensions and "even-ness" of your halter could be affected.  Check the fiador knot often!  If it shows signs of loosening, grasp all strands of rope on each side and pull it tight again.  If you notice the loops below the knot are much smaller or much larger than when you got your halter, you will need to feed the rope from the other side through the knot to restore the proper sizing. (Again - refer to the instruction sheet included with each halter but please call or email if you need help) 

All halters - regular, extra knots, bosalter, sidepull, crossunder  - are hand tied using one continuous length of rope with true double overhand knots throughout the halter and the authentic fiador knot under the chin. Halter loops are sewn or whipped together with waxed polyester cord. The tie end is whipped with waxed polyester cord and dipped in rope sealant for a durable finished end with no metal to hurt you or your horse.

All rope halters (including bosalters, side pull halters and cross under halters) can be ordered in any of the standard sizes below or I can make a custom halter to fit your equine - horse, mule, mini - whatever size or shape. Standard sizes are: 

  • Mini (size A & B)
  • X-Small (Pony, Yearling-small to average horse)
  • Small (Small Horse, Arab, Yearling-large horse)
  • Medium (Average Horse, will fit most horses)
  • Large (Large Horse, Warmblood)
  • X-Large (Draft cross, smaller draft breeds)
  • Draft (Large breeds)

​Go to the Measuring Guide & Size Chart for more information on sizing and instructions on how to measure your horse - to determine what standard size halter will be the best fit or to get the measurements I will need to make a custom size halter. Please call or email with your horse’s measurements if you need a custom halter.