When to Use the Rope Halter or the Come-A-Long Rope

Steve Edwards: The day that I can just pick it up. And I’m only using the weight of the rope. The day that I can get him to back up. And the day that I can ask him to go forward and stop on two fingers, then I can start going more and more with my rope halter.

Dave Shrein: So, you’ve got the come along hitch, come-a-long rope and then you’ve got rope halter. At what point do you move from using the come-a-long rope to using the rope halter.

Steve Edwards: Okay, excellent question. Again, the softness. My hand is always holding the rope like this. And then my fingers play the tune. The day that I can just barely, with two fingers, ask that mule to stop. The day I can take and move to the right and to the left with two fingers, the day that I can just pick it up … And I’m only using the weight of the rope. The day that I can get him to back up and the day that I can ask him to go forward and stop on two fingers, then I can start going more and more with my rope halter. But understand, I use a combination of the come along hitch and rope halter in the very beginning. So when the mule makes a mistake, I can bump the come along hitch. But if he keeps responding to the rope halter, I don’t touch the come-a-long rope. You know. So it’s really, really important, folks that you remember too, you build a foundation over a six month time frame. Especially when you have a problem mule, a spoiled mule and this sort of thing.

They’ve already been doing it for several years. You ain’t gonna fix it in a few hours. Your trainer is only gonna … He’ll make it look good, by golly, make it look good. But you got six months of keeping that foundational training going, you know. So, does that help you out Dave?

Dave: Yeah, that makes sense. I was thinking about it, ’cause, you know we were talking about putting one of those kits together. Make it a little bit easier for folks to get the tools that they need in the beginning. And I was thinking, well, if we’re gonna put a rope halter in there and we’re gonna put a come-a-long rope in there, when would they switch from one to the other?