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Video: How to Tie a Safety Release Knot

Master this essential skill to keep your horse tied safely.

October 2012

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A safety release knot, sometimes called a quick release knot, is a method of tying your horse in a way that can be released quickly in case of emergency. If your horse panics and pulls back, you're able to untie the knot with a single tug to prevent injury to your horse or damage to the barn or fence he is tied to.


Here are the steps to tying a safety release knot.

  1. Put the end of the rope through the tie ring or around the post.

  2. Wrap the loose end once around the rope, creating a circle.

  3. Fold the loose end into a loop, and pull it through the circle.

  4. If your horse is mouthy, tuck the loose end through the loop so that he can't untie himself.

Note: some horse owners make a loop of bailing twine and tie it to the tie ring, then make the safety release knot on the twine. This is an added safety measure so that if the horse panics and you don't reach the knot in time to pull him free, he will break the twine before he injures himself.

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onnaleaya    enid, OK

3/19/2015 5:39:01 PM

I never remembered it when my mom did it but now I think I know

Annie    somewhere, NY

11/1/2014 5:52:51 AM

Thank you, just showed this to some 4-H group at a meeting.

Marion    Sussex, NJ

7/23/2014 3:48:57 AM

Very nice and slow to really teach someone new to tying properely.

Fancy Walk N That Way    Lexington, NC

1/31/2014 9:52:22 AM

Love the way you show how simple it is to make the knot.

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