Safe Knots for Tying Horses
Also practice with the knots before tying a horse. It often takes a few attempts before one gets comfortable with how to position the loops so that they will both hold and release when necessary.
Friction Ties and Break-away Ties
There are several products on the market that can facilitate tying horses and avoiding them getting hung up if they spook or slip. One type is a break-away device that releases the horse once there is a certain amount of pressure applied. These products vary and buyers should assess which ones best suit their particular needs.
Another type is the friction tie. Blocker makes such a tie that is quick to use and depending on how the lead is passed through the tie mechanism, the amount of drag on the lead can be adjusted to apply more or less friction.
In a pinch, a loop made from a couple of wraps of bailing twine passed through the trailer or tie post tie ring will hold most horses but will snap if the horse panics or falls.
Even the drafters stay securely tied with this setup
Important Safety Notes!
Also inspect your tie posts regularly for damage and especially for rotting
below the soil surface. There have been some pretty hairy horse accidents that
have resulted from large posts with rotten bases coming out of the ground, striking
and "chasing" horses that have pulled back!
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