One lead that I grew up with and was not fond of was a purchased braid thick twine (and did that hurt sliding on bare hands). I hope no one has one of them. The materials today range from cotton rope, poly rope, and leather, in about every color possible. Today, lead ropes are very soft in the hand. My favorite lead rope I use today is a poly lead rope with a bolt snap with three added knots placed in the rope about a foot apart for control and hand position.
Halters, also available on the market in a variety of materials and styles and sizes, can be a multi item purchase. We all have our share of rope, nylon, or leather halters. The rope halter is a good choice for that short catch, or putting on the bridle. You don’t get the perfect fit, but you have nice control. I use a nylon halter for trailering and unsaddling, cool down time, and farrier work. My choice of all halters would be a nylon. They fit great, and they last. They come in handy for other uses. The foal halter will fit on a bucket calf, to let graze. My medium halter has been used on our Bernese Mountain Dog as a harness. And finally, the durable leather halter requires more care with being oiled to maintain it softness. Happy Training! Lori G