Hello all! I recently started a new adventure that has, unfortunately, kept me away from my blog for a bit. I’ve been trying to come up with my next post and decided to just fill you in what I’ve been up to!
Recently, I decided to try my hand at making rope halters. I have always thought they were super neat. Growing up, Murphy rode best in a bit, so I was always jealous of the girls that could ride in just a rope halter. Cash, on the other hand, can be ridden in a rope halter in enclosed areas.
I started out only buying two base colors and two nose band colors. It was enough to make four halters. I picked out a blue base with a teal/blue/white pattern noseband to make for my best friend who was having her horse shipped to AZ. She had mentioned she wanted to get her horse, Wind Chester (WC) a rope halter. She was the perfect first customer! It was supposed to be a surprise, but ultimately I had to give it up to prevent her from buying one before I finished it. I’ve never been good with keeping surprise secrets anyways…especially considering it took me a whole week to figure out how to tie that first halter!
I was so excited when I placed my first order for supplies! I spent about a week researching what rope material would work the best, how thick the rope should be, and how much I would need. I also learned a lot about the different “firmness” of rope halters. There are soft, firm, and stiff ones. I like my rope halters to hold their shape, but did not want to fight super stiff rope when tying knots. I opted for the firm, ¼ in halter cord.
When it came to the nosebands…honestly I didn’t have a clue! In fact, I ordered paracord first thinking that the halters could be made out of that! I was definitely surprised when rope the width of shoelace showed up…lol. That’s when I decided to use the paracord for nosebands to avoid wasting it. I scrolled through Pinterest and found some tutorials on how to add it to rope halters. At this time, I only do one design, which is the fishtail or weaved noseband. I hope to expand someday because there are some really neat things that can be done! However, right now I’m just trying to keep up with the few orders I’ve gotten while not neglecting my blog.
My rope halter page will be launched on my blog site soon! For now, it will showcase the halters I have already made. I also hope to get pictures of the individual rope supplies so that everyone can see what I have available. The plan is to have a simple order form to submit directly from that page.
Shipping and payment are some other areas that have a few kinks to work out yet. My first couple orders have been placed by friends that live locally, so I delivered the halters and accepted cash. My first “outside” order was placed a few days ago…for four halters! I was ecstatic! I also realized I need to get my butt in gear to figure out the shipping and payment process. Luckily, I already have a PayPal account, it just needs adjusted a bit. I’m in the process of revamping my PayPal in order to collect payment and create invoices. I also ordered supplies to create my shipping labels.
Slowly, Heart Horse and Hoof rope halters are becoming a reality. Looking back, I definitely could have put more time into the planning process prior to launching my idea, but I’m thankful for supportive friends and patient customers! I can’t wait to see where this newest adventure takes me!
As I mentioned above, my rope halter blog page isn’t quite ready yet. Please bear with me, and check out my Instagram and Facebook pages to see the halters I’ve made so far! Links are below.