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Manger Hitch Tying

Pass the end through the ring and across in front to form a loop and then behind both ropes. Next wrap the end twice around both ropes, and around a second time. Finally, make a bight and pass it down through the loop.

Manger Hitch Details

Origin: Ashley describes the Manger Hitch twice (ABOK #242 p 44, #1828 p 308). He writes: The cow is an inveterate slobberer. Although not in a class with the camel, she should be made fast with a hitch that will not jam when wet. Then he writes later: The Manger Hitch must have been designed originally as a pacifier for a cow that slobbered. I found it in rural Delaware. A wet knot is very hard to untie, but this one is practically jamproof. However, halters in cow barns are about as common nowadays as buttoned shoes in night clubs.

The Manger Hitch is a Quick-Release Hitch but does not release as quickly as some others. The wraps may delay rapid release and the rope has to exit from the ring. For a horse the Halter Hitch is probably a better quick-release knot.

Other Quick Release Hitches: We describe many other Quick-Release Hitches several of which share the same property of releasing completely when the end is pulled.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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