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Soft cotton lead ropes with solid brass snaps?

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  • Soft cotton lead ropes with solid brass snaps?

    All right, I know they must be out there, but I'm having the darndest time finding them. My everyday lead ropes are the heavy-duty cotton with a solid brass, heavy trigger snap. (Like these.)

    I just got a couple of Blocker rings for cross ties and my everyday leads are too thick and chunky to work as intended with the rings.

    So anyone have sources for the thinner, smooth cotton 8-10' leads with SOLID BRASS snaps? Way too much humidity here to deal with the plated snaps, they rust/corrode and become inoperable in under a year. Would like something like THESE but cotton.

    Thanks for any ideas!
    Custom and semi-custom washable wool felt saddle pads!

  • #2
    Maybe make your own - a good hardware store carries all kinds of rope and snaps. I used to make my own leads because I wanted panic snaps on them - very nice for tieing up and being able to release a horse if needed. I once saw a horse get a leg over a rope tied to the trailer and a panic snap would have been a blessing.

    I see what your need is for the thinner softer rope. I hate using those as regular lead ropes because they are too wimpy to use to influence a horse. Likewise the ultra soft nylon ones. I love the thick solid cotton ones.
    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


    • #3
      I'll have to look - I have some that we LOVE - so much nicer than the nylon - but I can never seem to remember where I get them!


      • #4
        Love them, but the two I have were a prize from a show and a random find at an Amish auction, so I can't help with shopping, sorry.
        Click here before you buy.


        • #5
          I have some in white cotton, but I am not sure where I got them from. I bought them in person, not on line, so my guess would be either Southern States or Saddlery Liquidators

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


          • #6
            I made mine with rope and snaps from Farm and Fleet, I think. That or Menards.


            • #7
              If you are going to go to the trouble to make your own,
              I would suggest that you put a quick link through the
              loop you make for the snap and then insert the snap of
              your choice into the link. That way you can change the
              snap if you find you want a different sort of snap and
              you can replace a broken snap quickly and put the lead
              rope right back into service.
              Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
              Elmwood, Wisconsin


              • #8
                I just bought one at Tractor Supply this past weekend. White 10', with choice of bull snap or spring snap....not sure if they are plated or solid brass though? the snaps ends are heavy duty, soI am thinking brass?


                • #9
                  I was searching for the exact same thing and found them here:


                  I bought three and they are super. Very heavy duty, plenty long enough. This will be my 'go to' source from now on. I, too, hate the 'plated ones' as they rust pretty quickly on the Texas Gulf Coast.
                  Donerail Farm


                  • #10
                    Not brass but others in same snap on, cotton and 5/8 inch thick:


                    and these are 1/2 inch:

                    Now in Kentucky


                    • #11
                      I had an aged gelding that loved to chew his lead ropes. I ended up learning how to braid snaps on and bought a spool of cotton rope. Whenever he would chew up a lead, I'd just cut off the snap and braid it onto a new rope. He's been gone 7 years now but I keep the spool of rope and think of him whenever I see it :-)

                      Loved that old horse.