The Half Hitch
This knot is a quick and easy way to secure something that doesn’t need to be there permanently. Use this knot to tie up your reins to the saddle, or maybe a hay bag to the trailer. This know should not be used in situations that require a “quick release” as it will tighten the harder it is pulled on, but it is easy to learn. See the video below to see exactly how it can be used.
Quick Release Knot
The quick release knot is the most commonly used knot around horses. It is usually used to tie a horse to a rail, ring or to the trailer. Clever horses should have the end of the rope put through the loop to prevent accidental untying. One problem with this knot, is if the horse pulls back against hard enough, it can be almost impossible to untie. If your horse is at all prone to pulling back you may just want to wrap the rope loosely, tie to a piece of twine, or make sure something is breakable on the rope.
The bowline knot is a reliable knot, that won’t slip and won’t bind, as long as it is tied properly. It can be a little harder to master than the quick release knot, but it is a handy tool to have. One of the most useful applications is when tying something around the neck of the horse. Obviously, you don’t the rope to slip and choke the horse, and this knot won’t. This knot is used to tie a get down rope around the throatlatch.