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Paracord braided horse halter Answered

Hi, I have challenged myself to make a braided paracord halter and I need LOTS of help.  I found one online that I really like and would like to duplicate.  I purchased a book "How to Braid Quality Custom Tack", however the halters in this book are not quite what I want.  Hoping someone will be able to give me some pointers or tell me where to find the directions I need.

The picture of the halter I have attached is what I want to make.  It appears to me that you would need to start with the nose band to make this work but none of the patterns I have found start that way.



Maybe I could make a mini version for my horse models... :)

That would be cool to make!!

curious if you ever figured this out :)

I have tried a few fancy one for my sister when she still had horses.
There are good looking ones made by a single piece of rope and a few knots.
The thing is that all of them require lots of practice.

There are some websites that offer step by step instructions to some good ones.
Start with some basic to get a feeling for the different lenghts of rope you need to get the right size - and to get it even.
For me it was quite helpful to make a simple nail board for it.
Took the positions for the nails from a well fitting halter and that way was quite sure the knotted ones would fit as well.

I might help with some analysis. It looks like the terminal end is at the lower right corner. I often end simple 4-strand round braid, also called a sinnet, with this turk's head. So, trace backwards from there. In this case 8 strands have been paired to make the simple 4-strand. First it goes through a bight at the beginning of the braid. At the left side it splits into two 4-strand braids. The right part continues down to the bottom, turns back up and meets the left hand side. They braid together into an 8-strand flat sinnet and then separate again. When the bottom braid meets itself it weaves into itself like a rope terminal end splice. Where it crosses behind the 8-stand flat it splits back into two simple 4-strand braids again. The right part meets up with the right upper end of the 8-strand flat that has been braided for a few inches. They braid together as a paired 4-strand round. It turns on its self making the bight. The braid terminates with a paired 4-strand crown sinnet using itself as a core. When it exits the core it terminated with the same turk's head the braid started with. It probably does not matter much which end of the braid you start with. Use a board with nails to make a pattern for the various lengths of the parts. Use hemostats to clamp the strands together when you leave them to braid other parts. Its easy to get lost and pick up where you left off. Using two colors help a lot to keep things straight in your head. The best reference is The Ashley Book of Knots.

Hi, thanks for the quick response. You said it looks like the terminal end is at the lower right corner. Could you please be a little more specific? I have read your comment numerous times and tried to follow looking at the picture. I'm afraid my brain is just not getting it. I have attached a pic of where my brain wants to take this, starting with the nose band. However, whoever heard of starting something in the middle. Thanks again, Ann