Rope Halter With Fiador

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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.

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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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30 Discussions

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AnyaL4
AnyaL4

4 months ago

Only thing, I disagree the fiodor is the 'hard part' - getting the measurements right & having to adjust dimensions... esp when you have equines/dogs with different head shapes ;-)

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 4 months ago

Touche'

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AnyaL4
AnyaL4

4 months ago

Thanks! Been a while since I've made them so forgot how to do fiodor & lost my instructions. Just made 2 little halters for my puppies!

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sharpe5109
sharpe5109

3 years ago

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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AnyaL4
AnyaL4

Reply 4 months ago

Alas & alack, I think you will need to untie & redo the whole thing. I've found it depends on the rope you use - if you use cotton - or Dog forbid, hemp or sisal, knots will all stay firm. But if you use (slippery) good quality nylon yacht braid, it pays to put a few stitches through that fiodor once you've tightened it all up & confirmed the good fit, otherwise if you just use one loop to attach the lead, or you otherwise pull on only one side, it will all go AWOL!

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 3 years ago

see the difference?

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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ShelbyL21
ShelbyL21

1 year ago

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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AnyaL4
AnyaL4

Reply 4 months ago

Disagree. I found the instrucs very easy to follow. Direction from the noseband?? The largest loop in the pic is meant to represent the noseband.

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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ultrapale
ultrapale

8 months ago on Introduction

Thanks heaps for this tutorial!! I tried many different halter instructions and couldn't figure out the fiador knot but after a lot of thought on your photos I finally got it! So thanks again this has helped me save so much money on my halters.

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Theadene
Theadene

11 months ago

What kind of rope does one use for the halter an what thickness?

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 11 months ago

3/8 inch or slightly larger. soft is easier to work with.

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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 1 year ago

I don't have any other numbers. The numbers i have are for mine. It's really trial and error. You can use an existing halter as a template to make things easier.

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Jessica_Pam
Jessica_Pam

3 years ago

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByfPhYO8u5M

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DanitaH2
DanitaH2

3 years ago

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.

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AdaraR
AdaraR

3 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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lastrom1
lastrom1

Reply 3 years ago

glad you liked it