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Welcome to Horse & Farm Knots
Many of these animated knots are primarily used for securing horses, but may also be useful elsewhere. The other knots are general purpose knots which are also found in Boating, Scouting, Climbing, Search and Rescue, and Arborist work. The selection of knots is based on a review of the available literature. In this section the knots are listed in alphabetical order.
Horse Knot Characteristics
Horse knots are usually designed to be tied so that quick release is convenient. Many authorities also assume that the rope will be tied through a loop of Baling Twine to allow a frightened horse to break free without injury.
Because safety applies to all the knots used to secure a horse, the following section is repeated from the page about the Halter Hitch. Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne wrote the following: article (quoted by permission of the Publisher):
It's fast and easy to tie, but the true value of the quick release knot lies in its ability to be quickly and easily untied in the event of an emergency. If a tied horse panics and pulls back on the rope, a single tug on the end of the lead will free him.
The quick release knot's ability to provide an emergency exit is the reason it is valued as the knot of choice for safely tying horses.
Horses should be secured at withers-level or slightly higher to a sturdy, fixed object, such as a fence post (never a fence rail), tree, hitching rail, or tie-ring screwed into the wall. The lead rope should be tied to allow just enough slack that the horse can hold his head normally, but not so loose that he is able to lower his head to the point that he could potentially get his leg over the rope. Two to three feet of lead rope is about right for most horses, and ponies should be tied shorter.
Safety String: As an added safety precaution to ensure a foolproof breakaway for your horse in an emergency, secure your horse to a safety string created by tying a loop of baling twine around the post or through the ring.