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What Do You Do With Miles Of Baling Twine?

Murphy’s Horse Law  – Your barn will fall down without baling twine.”

Horse tip #4

Anyone who has one or more horses in the northern section of North America unwraps bales for their horses nutritional needs. EATING! And a horse goes through a lot of hay.  For example, I bought 30 – 800 lb bales for my three horses for winter plus I have 1000 – 40 lbs bales for storm days.  That is a lot of hay!  If youbaling-twine are like me, you don’t like to waste anything.  So what do you do with all the baling twine that comes off that hay?

I clean the hay out of it, ball it and keep it for when I want something to do. Then I plan and wait to see what it is that I need the most, for the horses.  Lately I’ve been changing the macrame bitted bridles to bitless bridles.  I make all my own bridles, by the way…, and lately all the halters too.  The reason I do this is because I seriously dislike buckles and metal next to my horse’s face.

Frilly came with a new and bhalter-2eautiful halter with her name engraved on a metal side piece.  However, when I removed the halter, where the metal hooks and connectors were, there was no fur.  The metal connectors had rubbed the fur right off her face. That alone turned me away from metal on their halters.  So I started to make halters for my beasties and I think they appreciated them the first year.  This year, I keep them bare faced 100% of the time because the pressure of the halter, whether it is a rope halter or macrame or leather or nylon, will leave pressure marks into their fur and skin.  This year, Gimme A Dream, Willow Breeze and Woodmere Frilifili object to anything on their heads, LOL!dream-1

This year, I decided to make bitless bridles for all my horses.  I completed the task early last fall but found that the bridle I had made for Dream was too small. The chin straps weren’t long enough and I had cut the strings.  I could have spliced on a length of strap but Dream can be head strong sometimes withdream-21 a bit, so I’m thinking that I might need a strong bridle for him.  I didn’t have enough expensive twine that they use for fishing around the bridle-detailislands, and I had a lot of baling twine, hence came my baling twine bitless bridle.

Can you imagine sitting in the saddle on a trail ride?  After a few hours, I get stiff and sore and like getting down to stretch out.  With a bitless bridle, I will be able to allow the horse to graze while I’m relaxing for a few minutes without removing the bridle . I’m not sure about anyone else but usually my horses don’t like to be re-bridled and they raise their heads too high for me to reach them comfortably.  That is a thing of the past for me! Of course, with Dream here, I’ll have to stand on his back to stretch out because I’ll be darned if I’m getting back up after getting off him.  As it is, at almost 17 hands, I use a step ladder to mount the big boy!

Patterns for brballidles and halters are $2.50CDN each.

Next week I want to start a sky blue bitted bridle and a breast strap from some very colorful twine I received on the large 800 lbs bales this year.  It should be rather stunning, to say the least.

I also want to complete at least three lead reins, one lunging rein and a collar with a leash for one of the dogs.

So don’t throw out all that good twine…, use it for something valuable, something useful, something necessary.

P.S. I use all the short pieces of baling twine for making temporary paddocks and field repairs to weakened fencing.

January 22, 2009 - Posted by | tack, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Oh, I love that you make all your own stuff. I used to do macrame, and I miss doing all those arty crafty type things. You have just inspired me to make some dog collars and leashes, I hadnt even thought to do that. I have load of clips and clasps, saved from broken harnesses etc. and now I know what I can do with them.
    Thanks for that

    Comment by Denise (aka Ritz100) | January 31, 2009

  2. I think I’ve always been macraming. It is the only craft that I kept doing all these years. There are so many things that can be made. I’ve even seen a sweater made by macraming with angora wool.

    Comment by GimmeADream | February 6, 2009

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  5. leather dog collars seems to be the best, they are also very sturdy and last longer *-*

    Comment by Carpet Shampooer · | November 14, 2010

  6. Leather collars are great and truthfully there is nothing better, but for water dogs the collars tend to get stiff and have to be cut off, most of the time. At least here they do with all the salt water and two dogs who go swimming a half a dozen times a day. I use the nylon collars, very loose on their necks, because I would go through a lot of collars otherwise. The salt water doesn’t damage them and if they got caught up in the forest, they could pull free easily enough. Baling twine collars and leashes are more like designer wear, colorful and fancy textures.
    Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by GimmeADream | November 14, 2010

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  8. I’d like the patterns please … how do I pay you?

    Comment by Lea Lade | August 5, 2012

  9. I honestly don’t know where the patterns are, Lea. I didn’t expect anyone to be interested in them. They are easy to make but if you have a difficult horse that pulls a lot, it is necessary to tie two extra knots after each row (second string and second to last string) to stop any stretching or slipping. I find these bridles and halters last forever but I would have to re-create the pattern for each. Also, because there are no buckles…, each piece is custom made and sewn. So if you want to use the same equipment on a different horse, if would be necessary to re-sew each to fit. But on the other hand it is just as easy to add buckles, if you have them.

    Each piece is made with a square knot. The fancier the knot, the more likely the piece will stretch. The number of knots depends on the size of the string and the size you want the finished product to be…. All my equipment both English and Western including blankets (except the saddle) is macramed baling twine and has been for years…. I’ll see about taking photos of one and re-post under this title.

    Comment by GimmeADream | August 5, 2012

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