Out of strictly personal preference, I use nylon halters on my horses but I do have a rope halter that I keep in my saddle bags. I use that halter when I’m on the trail to tie my horse to a tree for lunchtime, or for use in case of an emergency and I need to get off and lead him.
The first time I used a rope halter I had no idea how to correctly tie it; consequently at the first tug, off it came! The next attempt ended up with the tie ends poking my horse in the eye. In frustration with myself, I finally got it right.
When tying the rope halter, bring the loose end over the top of your horse’s poll and insert it from back to front through the side cheek loop. Take the tie end and wrap it behind the loop, going from right to left, creating another loop. Bring the tie end through that loop, on top of the side cheek piece. Pull it tight and you now have a secure knot that won’t come loose.
When putting any halter on your horse, make sure that the nose piece is high enough that it cannot slip down off the nose. It also should be about an inch below the point of the cheekbone. If you will notice in the last picture, this halter could be slightly lower on the horse’s nose. While this horse is in the crossties, that clip could rub on the end of the cheekbone.