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post #1 of 5 Old 05-07-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Correct knot on a tie ring?

This is one of those questions I feel dumb even asking, but I'm going to so I do this safely. It's been years since I've had to tie a horse to a fence/ring. We have cross-ties at my barn, and that's really all I use.

However, we have recently installed a simple tie ring outside for baths/grooming now that the glorious weather is here. I am trying to refresh my memory on how to properly tie a quick release knot. All the pictures/youtube videos I can find show a quick release knot on a fence post. I'm confused about whether I can do it the same way on a tie ring? Is there a better/safer knot for a tie ring?

Also- I've never seen my mare tied on a ring/post (she cross-ties daily). I don't have any reason to believe it will go badly, but any signs that she's feeling trapped and going to fight it?

Thanks for helping me make sure this doesn't turn into a disaster. I don't think it will, but I don't want to make any boneheaded moves.
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Quick release knot:
Push a loop through the ring
Form another loop with the tail end of the rope
Push the second loop through the first
Pull the head end of the rope tight

To untie, just pull the tail end and the whole thing is out of the tie ring.
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Quick release knot:
Push a loop through the ring
Form another loop with the tail end of the rope
Push the second loop through the first
Pull the head end of the rope tight

To untie, just pull the tail end and the whole thing is out of the tie ring.
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Yup, a quick release. To be honest, I don't entirely trust them (having had a few experiences where my horse had tried to untie it and made it a not-so-quick release knot) but they are generally reliable. If you're planning to leave the horse tied at any point (even for a few minutes) I'd tie to a loop of thin baling twine that is itself tied to the tie ring. It's a very scary thing seeing a horse fall over.
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Even a release knot can pull tight if a horse panics and runs back on it - why not try using the quick release trailer ties?
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