One of the most fundamental items of horse equipment is a horse lead rope. It's so essential that it's sometimes included when you buy a horse! A lead rope is a sort of rope used to lead, tie, and handle horses that has a horse-safe clip on one end.
Tips for buying a lead rope:
Make sure the length is LONG! Lead ropes must be long enough to safely lead your horse and so that there is plenty of room to utilize the looping knots around fences and hitching posts!
Use a Heavy-Duty Material Rope: Why? You don’t want your 1200+ lb horse to pop the rope! Another reason has to do with safety! A good lead rope is thick and chunky so that if it gets caught or wrapped around a human hand or horse leg, the thicker material will help distribute the force along a larger area of skin!
Use a plain cut-off end (or a square knot) ~ Horse lead ropes never have a loop on the end! Wrapping a lead rope over your hand when handling horses is not recommended. Lead ropes end with a simple rope cut-off to help prevent damage if a horse spooks or quickly rips the lead rope out of your grasp. This makes it possible for the lead rope to slide about easily (sometimes causing rope burns but nothing more serious if handled properly).
PICK QUALITY HARDWARE: In most cases, the hardware for good horse lead ropes is made of solid stainless steel, brass, or a high-quality alloy (aka blended) metal cast in one piece.Horse hardware is significantly more durable than hobby-grade hardware. You might be shocked to learn that the hardware – the metal elements – of low-cost equestrian equipment can actually burst under pressure!