Rope Halter With Fiador




Introduction: Rope Halter With Fiador

A rope halter is an invaluable training aid. Customize for any size horse, baby to full grown. With this easy step by step guide never buy a rope halter again and always have one on hand for emergencies.

The one with orange is a foal halter I made for our new little girl.

Step 1: Select Rope

I prefer softer rope as it is easier to work. You will want to start with 25 feet. There will be extra once tied (don't worry, I will show you how to use the left over too).

You will also need a few feet of 550 cord for whipping, a lighter and a sharp cutting device (scissors or knife).

A marlin spike is also useful but a phillips head works nicely as well. Oh, almost forgot, a tape measure and ruler will come in handy too.

Step 2: Cut and Seal

Cut 25 feet of rope and seal ends with a flame. Use caution when sealing the ends. Melted rope is like napalm!

Step 3: Find Center

Double the rope so that the ends are even. Hang onto the loop, that's the center. Mark it with a piece of tape or string if you wish.

Step 4: Nose Loop

Loosely tie 2 double over hand knots about 8 inches apart on center. Do not over tighten.

Step 5: The Fiador Knot (don't Run Away)

This took me two days to learn. I found these pictures (the blue rope) on Wikipedia, best example I found anywhere of the fiador.

It might be easier to learn this knot on 550 cord of a shorter length. That's what I did.

Start the fiador 7 to 8 inches down from the double over hand knots.

When the fiador is done you should have the nose loop with two double over hands and below, two loops of 3 inches or so.

Step 6: The Hard Part Is Over

With the nose loop and fiador tied it's down hill from here.

Measure about 6 inches from the fiador and tie an over hand knot with both ends. This knot will be under the horse's jaw.

Step 7: Left Cheek

Create a loop with another over hand, this time with only one of the working ends. I usually tie this on the left side of the halter. The loop should be about 9 inches from the jaw knot.

Feed the working end from the loop that was created through the knots on the nose loop left to right (hope you listened and waited to tighten them).

Step 8: Right Cheek

Pick up the other end coming out of the jaw knot and tie both ends together making sure everything is even.

When you are done, you should have two ends that can be evened up, cut, sealed and whipped together.

Step 9: Whipping

Create a bend in the 550 cord. Begin wrapping the cord from the ends of the halter rope back. Once you have finished wrapping, feed the end through the loop you created. Wrap the other end around your make shift marlin spike and pull the loop and remaining cord back into itself.

Step 10: Tips

Leave you knots loose at first. Put your new halter on your horse and adjust before tightening.

After adjusting, then whip the loose ends.

The measurements I used are for a quarter horse and are a good starting point.

Use one of your horse's halters for easy measuring (mine wouldn't stand still for my tape measure).

And last, use the scrap to make a short lead. Just double it over, slip it through the fiador loop and pass the ends through.



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19 Discussions

The fiador photos arent very helpful. I would suggest adding a link for a video. Since it was done on just a piece of rope it doesnt show which direction from the nose band i should be tying and the only part most of us need is for the fiador.

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The fiador is tied in the center of the 25' rope. the knot makes the nose band and lead line loops. An overhand knot will work in lieu of the fiador.

this was nice and easy to follow APART from the fiador knot. i had to watch a youtube clip just for that part. i am more of a visual watching type person. the clip made it alot easier to follow and understand, i even got it on the first go. i made my halter quite large by the looks. i made mine out of a nice cotton rope, so hopefully will be nice and soft for the horses. i will be making a smaller one and trying them out tomorrow. thank you. her is the link to the clip i had to watch to understand the fiadore knot, i hope it helps others aswell. enjoy and thank you once again

I love step by step instructions with pictures, I didn't even struggle with the fiador. I made one with bale string, not pretty obviously, but this time if my colt breaks it or loses it, I won't be losing R100. Great post. Already pinned it and I am sure I will be making more halters in future.

I have a rope halter with a fiador knot where the leadrope goes, but somehow my horse complete messed up the knot. Everything is still attached and in a weird knot, but I don't have the two loops where the lead rope clips. Any tips?

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make sure to go the correct direction on the last step of the fiador. if you pass the ends the wrong way the knot wont hold. if you look close, the one i tied for the first picture is correct. the one later in the instructable is backwards and (knot) pretty.


2 years ago

I made this in to a 4H project I think it will turn out great. Thanks for the insperation.

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This is great...the photos you found on Wikipedia were, hands-down, the easiest to follow that I've found. Thanks!

What an ugly thing, I could and have make a halter to fit any horse in just a few minutes with a piece of string and only use 2 knots and it works every time....

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Uh long as you tie it around your own neck and pull it up snug. Works for me too. POS

Damn! There is a be nice comment policy, you know? Why don't you submit your own 'ible? Sure is better if you teach us how to do a halter with only 2 knots instead of only criticise behind a keyboard someone else effort.

Here is a variation with two extra nose loop knots and rings for tying, lunging or in a pinch, reins. Your horse would need to be use to a hackamore before I would consider riding with it.


2 years ago

Ive always wanted to know how to make one of these. Thankyou for sharing. Well done!

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When riding here in ride unless you've got rope,this is coo