Make a horse halter

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If you ever wanted to have a go at making a rope halter for your horse or donkey, now is the time.  Although there is quite an art to it, and it is not something you learn in 5 minutes, it is a great skill to have, and there are many videos and websites showing how it is done (including this one).

There are also many colours and styles of nosebands you can add to your halter with paracord, (I use standard 550) giving you that individual look.

You will need around 20 feet (6 metres) of horse halter rope – otherwise known as equestrian rope, or yachting rope (see links below).  There is not a lot of difference in the amount of rope you need for a mini up to a full size halter – around 1 metre difference.  When you start out, it’s better to have too much rope than not enough, and you simply cut off the excess rope at the end.

The most popular size halter rope/yachting rope, is 6mm and 8mm.  Some people ask if you can make a rope halter out of paracord.  I recommend you DO NOT USE PARACORD as it is quite thin and can cut into your horse if it pulls back.  Also it can break, teaching your horse that if he pulls back hard enough he can get away. However you can use paracord for a decorative halter for leading, but NEVER for tying up.

If you want to add a paracord noseband, there are a variety of styles – I have put many styles on youtube, along with my video on how to make a rope halter.  I have also put some links to places you can buy halter rope and paracord below, and on the links page.    I hope you enjoy the videos for learning how to make  the halter itself and nosebands.

One of the great things about making your own halter, is you can adjust your measurements to suit your horse or donkey.  You can also make the loop under the chin smaller than the commercially bought halters.  I find that the loops are far too long, and hang too low, so making your own halter solves that problem.

And finally, always make sure you do not leave a halter on a horse unattended, as it can result in disaster if a horse gets his halter caught on a fence or other object.  If your horse is hard to catch, better to work on your relationship first, so you don’t need to leave the halter on.

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How to braid the noseband of your rope halter



This is a muletape style halter that is braided rather than using single strands.  This is great for leading your horse from point A to point B, but SHOULD NEVER BE USED TO TIE UP your animal if you are only using thin cord like paracord.  Instructions for how to make this are on my youtube video.  I hope you enjoy making this lovely halter, it is fairly quick to make and doesn’t have any complicated knots, just using a 3 strand plait.


I am constantly asked where I got my rope from.  I bought mine from the manufacturer Whittam Ropes in Melbourne Australia.  You need an Australian Business Number to purchase from them.  You can also get rope from cams cords in Brisbane.  I have put some links to other places below as well since most of my enquiries come from other countries.

I use standard 550 paracord for braiding over the nosebands, but you can use different sizes.

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Rope from Cams Cords

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Polyester Rope from amazon

Paracord from amazon

12 thoughts on “Make a horse halter

  1. Hello, can you use the yacht rope in the nose band and do you also have a video on making horse reins out of the yacht rope


    1. HI Fresh, you need to use a small flexible cord like paracord to cover the noseband or it will be too chunky and difficult to tie. No, i don’t have making reins with yacht rope, it is a bit thin, but you can experiment with braiding it to see how it feels for you. All the best.


    1. hi kathy, if you search ‘horse halter chart’ on google you will find lots of charts. i have never made a warm blood, and quarter horse usually fits cob size, but best to measure your horse to be sure.


  2. Hi! We’re stuck on the fiodor knot. We’ve watched the video and paused/rewinded/played about 20 times and still keep making a mess of the knot. Please help!


    1. hi marie, i have shown the only way that i know how to do it. everyone learns differently, and explains things differently. there are many websites and videos on how to make a halter, i can only suggest you look at other ways that work better for you than what i know.


      1. hi Jaqueline, i have listed 4 places – amazon, ebay, whittam ropes, and camscords. if you google i’m sure you will find other places depending on where you are if you can’t access any of those. i have only used the halter rope from whittam ropes and cams cords so i can’t comment on which is best sorry. all the best


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