Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday PSA : knots

For cripes sake! If you're gonna own a horse, learn to tie a good quick release knot!

It's NOT that difficult! (No pun intended.)

There are a multitude of places you can find directions - with pictures, even. Here's one. Here's another. And lots of lovely articles.

There are even videos, believe it or not(!)

This is a decent one, but there are lots more - just hop over to YouTube and search "quick release knot horses" for a wide selection.

And if for some reason you physically can't tie a knot? (You're wearing a cast, only have one hand, whatever....)

Invest in some sort of product that allows you to attach the ponies to things - safely! I haven't used "the Clip" but it would seem to be one fairly simple solution. Or there's the Blocker Tie Ring which looks to be another fairly widely used alternative that's carried by a multitude of equine suppliers. (Note - I'm not endorsing either of these products, I'm simply saying that if you can't tie your horse because of a problem YOU, not the horse has, there are options.

Options other than
the good old
granny style square knot.


Mrs Mom said...

Something big had to bring this on--- sure hope everyone is ok on your end!

Great PSA and links though!!!

SunnySD said...

Thankfully, no - but it's probably only a matter of time. Grrr!

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

I tie my knotts lose, I'd rather them untie themself and walk off then pull back and have them become too tight. I've had that happen where I have done a quick realease knott and the fact that they pulled back turned it into a complete knott...

SunnySD said...

Yeah - some of the stuff leadropes are made out of is a really pain to get loose of they pull. I've had to resort to dousing Sunny's lead in the green Tabasco sauce to keep him from self-releasing. Thunder's bad about it, too.