Knots that you'll find useful in your horsemanship.
Knots: This page contains some knots that I find useful and, indeed, use every day. They include
If any of these directions are unclear to you, please let me know and I can look to improving them.
The knots I use to tie a horse (Photos 1 - 12) can be called quick release knots. Most so called quick release knots that I see being used are ok.......if the horse never pulls on them. If he does pull on them, they either jam so tight that you will be reaching for your knife or they turn into 'snowball hitches', ie they melt and the horse is loose. Having said that, I know of no knot that will remain 'quick release' after having been pulled tight by a struggling horse but these are the best I have come across. They will undo with very little manipulation after being pulled tight and will definitely not dissolve.
1. Tying to a small diameter point such as a pipe rail:
With the tail of the lead, make two wraps around the bight or loop as you see in Photos 2 & 3.
Now make a third wrap, with the tail, around both the bight and the part of the lead going to the horse, as in Photo 4.
Then loop the tail and push it through the bight, as in Photo 5, .........pull it tight and .................
..............there you have it! A quick tug on the tail of the rope will completely release the knot. For this reason, if your horse is the inquisitive type, it may be wise to slip the end of the lead through the remaining loop so he doesn't release himself while playing around.
WARNING! KEEP YOUR FINGERS CLEAR WHEN TYING THIS OR ANY KNOT IN CASE THE HORSE TAKES A FRIGHT AND THEY GET CAUGHT IN THE KNOT!
2. Tying to a large diameter point such as a post or
Again, take a couple of wraps around the bight with the tail of the lead as in Photo 8 & 9
Then, as before, take a third wrap around both the bight and the section of the lead from the horse as in Photo 10.
Make a loop in the tail and push it through the bight as in Photo 11.
Pull tight and your horse is secure in Photo 12!
3. The proper way to do up a rope halter:
3. A simple and unbreakable alternative to a metal lead clip: