Training ~ Mecates ("Printer Friendly" version of this page)
Mecate reins (pronounced either muh-caw-tee or McCarty) are made from horse
hair, but can also be made from nylon double braid marine rope. These reins
are normally between 20-22 feet long. Dont worry, you wont have
to figure out what to do with an extra 15 feet of rein. Approximately
8-10 feet are used for the rein and the remaining 10-12 feet are used as a lead
rope or popper when in the saddle. The mota is the thing at the other end of
the rope (from the popper) which has the knot or cluster of horse hair and tassle
We prefer the horse hair mecate for a number of reasons:
But, marine grade rope has its advantages too:
Mecates are an excellent training device. Heres why we like them:
How to tie the Mecate Rein:
Tying the Mecate into the slobber straps is easy, Start with the bit attached to the headstall. You can do this on or off your horse. Well start with the right slobber strap (as if you were on your horse).
On to the left side:
Traditional horse hair mecates provide a true feel to the horse for training. Horse hair mecate reins are hand made from real horse hair. They are available in a variety of color combinations. Be sure to check out our 100% mane hair mecates in our online product catalog. These mecates are 5/8" diameter and 22 feet long with a leather popper on the end. Can be used with a bosal or slobber straps.
Nylon mecate reins are made from ½" nylon double braid marine grade rope. The same high quality rope that we use in our lead ropes and other products. These mecates are 22 feet long with a leather popper on the end. Can be used with a bosal or slobber straps.
There is some risk involved in horse training for both you and the horse. Horses can cause serious injury. Be sensible and dont attempt anything that is outside your comfort level. This information is intended to illustrate how we apply our training techniques, you are responsible for using this information wisely. If you dont feel comfortable with your abilities or an exercise, dont do it! Seek advice or assistance from a professional horse trainer. Stay on the "high side of trouble".
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Updated Sept. 2012