J. E. Pace
University of Florida
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE
USING HOG RINGS
TO MAKE A ROPE HALTER
J. E. PACE
Rope halters are necessary on farms where cattle
are kept. Although not as elaborate as some rope
halters, you can make a very practical, serviceable
and inexpensive halter by using hog rings. These
rings and the special pliers used to clamp them on
the rope can be secured from any hardware or farm
By following the directions given below you can
make a halter in a matter of minutes.
The equipment needed to make a rope halter de-
scribed in this leaflet is as follows:
1. Yardstick for measuring rope.
2. Three-ply rope, one-half of an inch in
diameter, for making halters for year-
lings and mature cattle. Three ply rope,
three-eighths of an inch in diameter, for
making calf halters.
3. Hog rings. (Shoat size for one-half
inch rope and pig size for three-eighths
4. Pliers for attaching rings on rope.
5. Tape for wrapping ends of rope. It
may be either plastic electrician's tape
or friction tape.
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Measure 13 feet of rope.
Attach a hog ring just beyond the 13 foot measure-
ment. This will prevent the coil end of the rope
Approximately one inch from where the ring was
attached on the coil end, attach two rings close to-
gether and in opposite directions.
The 13 feet of rope with hog rings attached. Note
two rings on one end and one ring on the other end.
Wrap each end with tape. This prevents the rope
from unraveling and covers the rings.
The first step in making the halter is to measure
the nose piece. The nose piece should be 18 inches
for mature cattle; 14 to 16 inches for yearlings and
12 inches for calves. In measuring the nose piece,
use the end of the rope that has two hog rings.
At the correct measurement for the nose piece,
twist the rope in opposite directions and lift one
strand. A large nail or wooden peg sharpened on
one end can be inserted under the raised strand.
After the strand has been raised, pull the long end
of the rope through the opening. This is the first
step in forming the eye of the halter.
The size of the eyes should not be more than one
and one-half times the diameter of the rope. Pull the
long end of the rope through the opening until it fits
Just above the partially formed eye, raise one strand
and pull the short end of the rope through. This
completes the eye.
The completed eye of the halter.
Grasp the short rope on the taped end with the
right hand. Move the left hand down the rope until
five strands are exposed. Hold the left hand sta-
tionary and twist end of the rope against the lay
with the right hand. This will expose three strands.
Twist these strands a half turn. This will form three
loops. The largest loop will be away from the end
of the rope.
Insert the long rope (lead rope) through the loop
farthest from the taped end. Then insert it through
the other two loops.
The lead rope pulled through the three loops. Note
that the taped ends of the rope point in the same
Pull the lead rope through the three loops, forming
the head piece and nose piece.
Insert the lead rope through the eye and pull all
the way through.
The completed -
Appreciation is expressed to Mr. Ed Calendine, Santa Fe River
Ranch, Alachua, Florida for making the photographs possible.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND
(Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914)
Agricultural Extension Service, University of Florida,
Florida State University and United States Department of Agriculture,
M. O. Watkins, Director