Category: Horse Grooming

How to Tie a Quick Release Knot

Anyone dealing with horses of any size should know how to tie a quick release knot. If your horse starts to rear or pull aggressively against the rope  you can quickly remove it from the post without fiddling with untying a knot.


1. Start by wrapping the lead rope once around the post.



2. Next cross one rope over the other.



3. Then take that rope and pull it half way up between the other rope and the post, making a loop.





4. Next make another loop through your first loop with that same piece of rope. The other end of your rope you will not be doing anything with, as it will be tied to your horse.



5. Pull it tight until you have a nice sized loop, being careful not to pull the rope all the way through.



6. Then you can make yet another loop through that loop.



7. Keep going until your reach the end of your rope or the desired amount of loops.



After you practice it many times you should be able to do it quite fast without even thinking about. To see if you have correctly tied the knot, pull on the end your horse would be tied to. No mater how hard you pull the knot should not budge. Now if you pull on the other end of the rope, the side you made your loops on, the rope should instantly unravel very quickly and you should not have to do any untangling.








How to do a Running Braid on your Horse’s Mane

Braiding is among one of my favorite things to do with my horses. Here I’ll show you how to do a Running Braid.

  • Start with a clean brushed mane.


1. Begin at the top of the mane behind the ears and separate out three equal sized pieces of hair.


2. First, take the piece of hair on the right and cross it over the middle strand.


3. Next, take the piece of hair on the left and cross it over the middle.


4. Take the piece on the right and cross it over the middle again.

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5. Then take the piece on the left and cross it over the middle and next separate out a new piece of hair from the mane and add it to the middle.




6. Next take the piece on the right and cross it over the middle.


7. Then repeat steps 5-6 until you reach the end of the mane where you can tie it off with a rubber band that matches the color of your horse’s hair.



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