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post #11 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:01 PM
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I hate nylon leads - never used one for my horses either....for training, I use a braided or flat leather about 4 foot or a 7 foot and let it drag...when I do an AKC obedience class, I used to use a nice braided lead 3 - 4 foot - I have flat braid, round braid and plain old flat leather....then at a show, I bought a fancy horsehair lead and slip collar that match...I would not use them for everyday walking or training as they are very thin and I would be afraid to damage them....and they were PRICY!!!! But appealing to a horseperson

A nice narrow leather leash is probably your best bet for the showring.

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post #12 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:31 PM
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I've been in many classes where a 6ft leash was 'required' and I brought my 4ft. It never once stopped me from completing an exercise. I have no need for that much 'spare leash'.
Yepyep, same here.

I actually didn't even know that you needed a 6' leash per the AKC regs because (a) we don't compete in AKC; and (b) it's never once been brought up in any of the (AKC-oriented) classes we've taken.

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I have two leashes for Obedience: a 3' braided leather and a 6' thin leather. I competed my first two CD legs with the 3' and my final with the 6' with no problem.

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Dont compete in OB or Rally, but I use an A.S.A.T 6 ft leash - like leather, but I like it better. Not pricey at all, and so far, holds up well. Easy to hold...I got the 1/2 in one.

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1 nylon 6' (very cute, very old, purchased in Virginia Beach in 1997)
1 leather 6'
1 leather 27" (custom made just for me)
1 rubber 3' without handle, for training

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I don't compete, but I don't like using any leash for any purpose unless it's leather. I agree with others that Nylon rips up your hands.

DogSupplies.com sells 6' flat leather leads for 12.89 plus shipping, and they have 20% off coupons from time to time if you get on their email list. (If you prefer the "twist" style they're 19.98). They are basic, but they work just fine and get softer the more you use them. They also last for years and years (unless a puppy chews on them!).
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This is my favorite leash ever! Butter soft leather and second hidden handle if you're ever in need of a shorter leash... Works great for my leash reactive pup.

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Man, it is so weird to me that people have problems with nylon leashes. I actually have never been able to get a good grip on leather. It could just be that I'm doing it wrong, but it has never worked for me, and I've tried a bunch of different ones at vendor booths, so I'm pretty sure the issue is with me and not the leashes.

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Well, it's not like nylon leashes have ripped my palm skin off or anything, but it does slide through my hand so even if I started out a foot from the handle by the end of a heel (if I have to use a correction or something) I find myself sliding off! Plus holding four nylon leashes on a walk just feels icky. Im too young for arthritis but my knuckles hurt for some reason with nylon. Four well-broken leather leashes doesn't leave my hand sore afterwards. I have sensitive totally non-manly artist hands, though! Lol

Of course nylon is tops for dock diving/beach-going.


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post #20 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 09:03 PM
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For Training I use a Nylon 6'x1" lead and a 4' Leather Braided lead. I also use a Nylon 15'x1" tracking lead.
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