They're all I ever see anymore, too. Nylon leads in all kinds of colors and patterns, but it's hard to find a good ol' fashioned white cotton lead rope. The few cotton ones I've seen are dyed, which I don't care for because the dye often bleeds when the rope gets wet.
The only places I see cotton leads anymore are in online tack catalogs. I should probably just order a bunch of them when I find them at a good price since they seem to be an endangered species.
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If you have a Tractor Supply close, they have the 10 ft cotton leads on sale right now for $6.99... usually $8.99. http://www.tractorsupply.com/cotton-...-l-red-2501890 The ones at my store had a brass snap not the bull snap (I'm not a bull snap fan). I don't remember if the sale was through the end of June or into July.
I like heavy cotton best, followed by heavy nylon. And must have a trigger snap! Anymore, it's hard to find either cotton or nylon that have sufficient diameter and heft for my liking. My favorite lead is one that DH made. We had a stud chain from a broken leather lead, and a good nylon rope lead with a broken snap. DH pried open the clamp thingie, replaced the broken snap with the chain, and re-clamped. I'd love to do the same to one of my few remaining big fat rope leads, but I have no clue how to back braid the rope.
I don't really mind the nylon ropes. :/ One of mine has lasted for about 6 years now. And the other is on its 3rd year, so I haven't had a problem with them falling apart or anything.
One reason I like the nylon ones is because my horse likes to chew on his lead rope. It's like a pacifier to him. I used to have a cotton one for him and it totally unraveled and looked gross after being chewed on. His nylon one is still going strong and you can't even tell he chews it.
no, I suspect most people prefer the nylon or it wouldn't be the predominant type sold? I don't like the flat leads, I like the fat round nylon ones, which are easy to find.
cotton rots and breaks and bleeds colors/fades, and comes unraveled. Nylon never does. The hardware will give out on the nylon before the nylon does.
I hate the nylon. I had a couple and I ended up cutting them into shorter lengths for the dogs to play with. I really like the 4' cotton leads. Used to be a feed store in Georgetown that had them...but the store closed.
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I think that Nylon lead ropes are dangerous in a number of ways so I always buy and use cotton lead ropes. Most of our local shops don't carry them so I just buy on line when I have to order other things.