Searching for a few camel supplies
I'm looking for a native halter for my camel. It doesn't need to be authentic at all, but somewhat native in appearance. It would be great if it were smallish to a medium.
Also any sort of native type camel trappings, such as anklets would fantastic.
And a chain halter, as see on the web site here:
I've done tons of searches, and the best I can find are halters made for camels, but they're usually plain nylon or leather.
I've seen similar chain and leather halters sold at Farm and Fleet for cattle. You might want to check it out.
As for native halters, I wish I knew of a place. It would be great to use for nativity scenes. I have seen pictures of nylon halters that have been fancied up by hanging tassels and wrapping them in cloth or ribbon. I think the pictures where on the Oasis camel dairy website.
That is a show halter for a calf, you can find them by doing a search using these key words;
Round Dairy/Beef Show Halter, calf
Or see this link.
I donít use this type, you are better off finding a horse halter that straps give some extra room below the camelís eyes. With a horse halter you can move the chain over or under the camelís nose. If the camel is acting up, happy feet or whatever the chain goes over the noise, if the came wonít move forward the chin goes under the nose.
For show I have to take a halter and add some decorations to it. As for anklets, I have about 40 of them from India that I have been selling along with some saddles. I will be back in India next week 11-25-07 for the Pushkar Camel Fair and plan to pick up some more camel decorations.
Thanks for the information. I started out using a foal horse halter, but then I read some things about camelids (for llamas and alpacas) really needing a special sort of halter that lays correctly on the bridge of their noses. So I bought a llama halter, that will probably be too small for him in a couple months. Now I'm looking for something else.
Could you pick me up anything from India? About how much would that cost? I'm not looking for anything really grand or elaborate, just simple pieces.
I started out with llama halters for Gobi too, they make some fairly large ones.
In India they use nose pegs and I havenít see any nice halters there. I did get some rope halters but these are the type anyone can make if they learn how to tie knots well.
I use a rope halter on Gobi, they work very well. You can buy a horse rope halter and move the side knots down a little, or make your own like on the pages below.
You may want to look at halters for Arabian horses. I have seen some 'native' ones for sale. Arab show halters are styled more like the one in the picture (calf halter) although show halters may be too delicate for what you want, they are very pretty - and some are not as delicate as others.
Here are some links for native Arabian and show halters:
Bedouin Chain Halters: http://www.arabhorsestore.com/store/halters_non.htm
This sample chapter provides step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to tie the Double-Overhand Knot, which is the main knot used when tying hand-tied rope halters for horses:
Direct link to pdf file: http://hosbooks.net/htssamplechapter.pdf