To go along with my new beautiful halter, I had to get a matching lead rope. Luckily for me, Weaver Leather makes both halters and lead ropes, ensuring that I could get a color match (because as we all know, there are many, many shades of a single color). I ended up ordering the Weaver Leather Poly Lead Rope.
The price was what drew me to both of my Weaver Leather products. I ended up getting my lead rope from $12.79 on Amazon. The prices on Amazon range from $10-20 depending on the color. That is about as cheap as I feel comfortable going on a lead rope. I don't want to spend a lot of money on something that is going to live outside and get dirty, but I also don't want a flimsy rope that will snap on me.
|Weaver Leather Poly Lead Rope|
Speaking of color, there are sooooo many color and pattern choices. On Amazon there are 38 different choices. This can be a bit overwhelming. I sat for about half an hour just comparing all of the different choices that I had, but this is also awesome because you really can get a lead rope that you enjoy. I was trying to match my lead rope to my turquoise halter and so ended up getting the blue/turquoise/green color (and yes I realize how terrible a description that is, but it is how Amazon labels them). The colors are basically a spiraling stripe up the length of the rope and the turquoise in the lead rope does indeed match the turquoise as the halter (perfect for my little OCD heart).
|Long enough to double as "reins" for my makeshift halter/bridle|
The lead rope is 5/8 inch by 10 feet. Those numbers meant nothing to me though, so my assessment of its dimensions are that: the rope is the right thickness (where is it easy to grab, but not so thick that it is hard to multiple loops of it) and it is really long. I don't know what I was thinking 10 feet would look like, but this lead rope is definitely longer than what I normally use. I can stand really far away from my horse and still be holding onto her. Personally, I think that the lead rope is a bit too long for me. I don't like having to make four loops of the rope just to lead my horse around. That being said, I know that most people prefer a lead rope to be longer rather than shorter, so maybe I'm just the weirdo who doesn't like a too-long lead rope.
|Super long lead rope|
In terms of quality and strength, this lead rope is meeting my expectations. The clasp is a non-rust solid brass 225 snap (again, I have no idea what those numbers mean). The clasp seems sturdy and solid. I haven't had Casey spook on me since getting the lead rope, but once she does I'll give an update on how it held up to the challenge.
|Blue, Turquoise, and Green|
The rope itself is advertised as having a soft and broken-in feel and I can attest to yes, this is true. I used to rock climb and so I am incredibly picky about my ropes. I absolutely despise stiff ropes (I find them really hard to work with), so having a nice soft rope is a must for me.
|Clasp in action|
The edges (as in the two ends) are heat-sealed. When I got my lead rope the end without the clasp was starting to unravel a bit. The three colors were independently heat-sealed and those seals were fine, but the three colors had not been sealed together properly. It was a little concerning to see that, but the great thing about a heat-seal is that if it starts to come apart you can just apply more heat for a better seal. I spent probably 30 seconds holding a lighter to the end and pressing the three colored mini-ropes together and voila, brand new heat-seal. Since I "fixed" it, I haven't had any further problems with the heat seal, and so far my lead rope is holding together very nicely!