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This Heavy Cotton Lead won't wimp out on you, and will last for ages!

Favorite Features
  • 100% cotton heavy duty cotton
  • Brass bolt snap
Key Specifications
  • Material: Cotton
  • Breakaway: No
  • Metal Type: Brass
  • Customizable: No


3/4" x 9' long
What Customers Say:


Material Cotton
Breakaway No
Metal Type Brass
Width 3/4"
Customizable No
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    Heavy Cotton Lead is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 162.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Quality I bought this a month ago and the string wrapped around the braiding at the top is already frayed! Very disappointed. I do not recommend. I love the feel of the lead rope and wish that it was better quality.
    Date published: 2017-08-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor quality I loved the size/color/feel of this lead rope when it came. Within the first couple of weeks, it is already starting to fray and shred. This lead is not left out in inclement weather. It is used to lead a horse from her stall to the crossties within the same barn and to turnout (unless it's raining - rainy season here). The part right below the snap (where it is braided) is very frayed. The string part that is wrapped right below the braided part is unwinding. It is seriously a very poor quality item. This one is going in the garbage. Not overly expensive but seeing as it has lasted 3 weeks, it's not at all a good value.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice lead rope Really nice lead rope! I like the longer length, and it feels sturdy. I'm pretty sure this will stand up to a lot of use.
    Date published: 2017-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lead rope I have always preferred these heavy cotton leads to the synthetic ones. For me they have lasted longer than the nylon ones under various conditions. HIghly recommended.
    Date published: 2017-07-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heavy weight lead rope Not very happy with this purchase, not the usual smart pak quality. The lead rope is already shredding at the snap after just 1 use.
    Date published: 2017-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite lead. These are great lead ropes! You can keep a grip on it if needed without worrying about rope burn without gloves on. They're nice and long so with a young or spooky horse you can let the line out.
    Date published: 2017-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy cotton lead rope The heavy cotton lead rope was and is wonderful... I love the soft yet strong feel and I can tie it so easily... and my pony Darlin' likes it too... !
    Date published: 2017-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Lead I love using a longer lead. It gives me a larger safety area where I can still control my horse.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value! For the price you can't go wrong with this lead rope. Good quality construction that feels nice in your hands.
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Qality lead rope! Heavy duty cotton lead rope! It will last for years! 1
    Date published: 2016-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Lead Love the color, length, and quality of this lead. My favorite one by far.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice length and love the soft cotton feel I didn't really need a new halter or lead rope, but my horse and I are getting older and it felt like time to splurge! Got the halter elsewhere but needed a lead rope to match. My handsome palomino Lusitano looks quite handsome in his new brown & green halter and green lead rope. It's hard to find lead ropes with brass hardware!
    Date published: 2016-06-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price it's great I bought this to use for Shows and away from home trips. So far it is holding up fine and the rope has a good weight to it. Since I don't use it everyday we will see how long it will hold up.
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good lead rope. This rope seems well made. I am happy with the purchase.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heavy cotton lead Poorly made. There was no care in making this lead rope. I would have thought Smart Pak would never sell something this so. Low grade.
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty nice Overall, a nice product. The rope and snap are good quality but the second time I used it had to grab it suddenly (because my horse was spooking) and the wrapping that holds the rope to the snap all pulled off way too easily. I can fix it but it is aggravating.
    Date published: 2016-03-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the same lead and a safety risk. Customer service says Smartpak has changed the manufacturer for this lead. Previous orders of this exact lead from Smartpak resulted in amazing, attractive, tightly-constructed leads that hold up well and I feel safe using for my horse. I will not use this latest one sent. This lead's braiding is so loosely constructed around the bolt that I do not trust its integrity and will not risk my horse. Plus it's an unattractive, bulky jumble around the bolt. Customer service claims it's not defective and this is the intended design from the new manufacturer. Despite the "free returns" graphic being displayed within this item's description, the rep insisted that the defective-in-our-opinion lead could only be returned if I paid for shipping back. Eventually, after much frustration, we were finally allowed a begrudging "one time exception" to send back this very poorly-constructed item.
    Date published: 2016-03-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product for price! This heavy cotton lead is great for the low price! Exactly what it says it is, no more and no less. Clip is sturdy and reliable.
    Date published: 2016-02-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from work like it should Been using for a month, no problems. Comfortable grip.
    Date published: 2016-01-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is my second one. Unfortunately the hardware continues to break.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cotton Lead I bought this lead to go with my leather halter and they look awesome together. I bought the blue color. The snap seems durable and the lead is nice and long. I switched over to cotton after my horse that I've had for 7 years randomly pulled on day and his nylon lead tore up my hand. I'll continue to buy these cotton leads. I only wish they came in a thicker size so they were a little more durable, but for the price you cant beat it.
    Date published: 2015-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cotton Lead Nice everyday lead rope. Cotton gives good gripe. Not as sturdy as more heavy duty leads
    Date published: 2015-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these lead ropes. Never have problems when ordering,delivery is always timely
    Date published: 2015-10-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Control I couldn't use this lead because the clip, snap, whatever you want to call it was junk. The parts did not line up. The top curved part and the lower movable part don't line up. I'm returning it for an exchange hoping I will get something better next time. Soft in hand, finishing of end and clip end could be better. If they are all like this I can not recommend. We'll see what comes next.
    Date published: 2015-10-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Some of the threading was coming undone by the time I got to my house .
    Date published: 2015-09-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor construction I was very dissatisfied with the quality of this lead. The ends were poorly finished and unraveling. I would have immediately returned it, but found myself needing to use it ectedly. To use only once, I had to duct tape the area near the fastener as well as the end of the rope. After first and only use, I tossed it
    Date published: 2015-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice quality lead for the price. I bought this lead to have a nicer quality lead and was not disappointed. It's long enough and heavy enough without being too heavy or long.
    Date published: 2015-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good hook So far so good, I have only been using them for a week or so.
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality and Value for the Price This is a good quality cotton lead rope with sturdy hardware. I wish the lead rope were a little bit thicker, though. Great value for the price.
    Date published: 2015-05-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy duty Nice heavy duty lead. I would have given it 5 stars if the ends of the lead, at the clamp and at the end, did not come frayed. The extra threads were not woven back in but left hanging. I had to take black yarn (matching) and encircle all the ends to clean up the look of the lead.
    Date published: 2015-05-05
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