How to Make Your Own Braided Nylon Lead Rope

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How to Make Your Own Braided Nylon Lead Rope
Lead ropes connect to the halter with a metal snap. (horse 3 image by Dozet from

A lead rope, sometimes simply called a lead, attaches to a horse's halter to direct and control it. Nylon is a common material used to make lead ropes, favoured for its durability and cost-effectiveness. Rather than purchasing a nylon lead rope from a horse tack supplier, you can construct one from home for a fraction of the cost. Braiding is an easy way to make a lead rope, as it combines the strength of three strands.

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Things you need

  • 27-foot nylon rope
  • Scissors
  • Metal lead rope snap

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  1. 1

    Cut the nylon rope into three equal 9-foot sections. Alternatively, if you would like a multicoloured lead rope, use three different coloured 9-foot lengths of rope.

  2. 2

    Tie the three ropes around the metal lead rope snap at one end in basic, or overhand, knots. Make sure the knots are tight. The long 9-foot long sections should hang evenly from the snap.

  3. 3

    Place the snap on the ground and lay the strands out next to each other evenly.

  4. 4

    Begin the braid by placing the left strand over the middle strand. The left strand is now the middle strand while the middle strand has become the left.

  5. 5

    Place the right strand over the middle strand. The right strand is now the middle strand and the middle has become the right.

  6. 6

    Repeat this braiding process, left over middle followed by right over middle, until you have braided down to the ends of your rope.

  7. 7

    Tie the three strands together in a tight overhand knot to hold the braid in place, creating a ball at the end of the lead rope.

Tips and warnings

  • To secure the knots further, you can melt them using a lighter to fuse the nylon rope together.

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