Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rope Halter

Rope Halter, painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

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A rope halter is really one of the best tools a horseman can have. It's extremely versatile - fitting a variety of horses - including yearlings. This one is being used like a hackamore for training. And making one is an easy, handy craft to learn.

I made my first rope halter years ago - following the "recipe" in a Western Horseman's magazine. It was the handiest and most effective halter I ever owned - and safe. Made of cotton rope, if the horse ever got it tangled in something, it was much more likely to break than a nylon halter. And that was a GOOD thing. I actually know someone whose horse died because he got his halter tangled in a farm implement and choked himself. I never leave halters on my horses, but if I had to, one made of cotton rope would be my first choice.

Psalm 119:61
Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.

Media: oil
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)

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Rick Nilson said...

I used the term "hackamore" in a tack shop in eastern North Carolina. They looked at me as if I was speaking Russian. I like the bold brush strokes on the head. Really nice piece.

Debbie said...

Your work is teaching me the brush strokes...

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I've really enjoyed looking at your paintings especially this one!