Equine knots getting you all tangled up?
Knot tying isn’t just for Scouts, but equestrians don’t earn any badges for getting it right. (Side note: We totally should.) When it comes to safely tying your horse to a hitching rail, high line, or trailer, it’s important to know what you’re doing.
Wonderful though they are in many ways, horses are notorious for getting themselves into trouble. Standing tied is one of the prime opportunities for mischief and injury, and it’s our job to lower the risk while ensuring our horses stay put where we left them.
In this article, I want to introduce you to a cool little product—Reference Ready Horse Knots (previously called Corral Cards) that will make a big impact.
Quick Look: Corral Cards
Remember how to tie various knots is tough, but these handy cheat sheets help you secure your horse (and equipment) safely.
What We Love:
- Waterproof and durable
- Pocket sized so you can take them anywhere
- Color-coded, step-by-step diagrams
- Carabiner included
- Created by a small business
What We Don’t:
- Those with poor eyesight may struggle with the small text and diagrams
Knowledge is Horsepower™
It’s the Horse Rookie tagline for a reason, and this sentiment applies perfectly to equestrian knot tying. If you’re unsure about how to tie safely, or keep forgetting the knots you need, you’re going to have a tough time.
Once you know what you’re doing, you’re equipped for (almost) any situation.
Now you can carry a step-by-step pocket guide for horse knots. You can learn all the essential knots you’ll need for everyday tying or camping with your horse, plus these cards serve as great reminders if you need to quickly check if you tied a particular knot correctly.
Why Reference Ready
When it comes to knot tying guides for equestrians, there are a variety of options out there. Many are too hefty to be useful on-the-go, and others are frankly too complicated to even understand.
Reference Ready strikes a balance between simplicity and usefulness.
As a user of their Horse Knots cards, I’ve found several things that make them stand out from the competition.
- Step by Step Instruction: Each card has color-coded knot tying diagrams with easy to follow descriptions and tips.
- Curated: The knots featured were chosen because they’re the most commonly used in horse riding, packing, and camping scenarios.
- Waterproof: Drop them in a water bucket, mud puddle, or a river crossing? No big deal.
- Rugged Construction: Made from super thick plastic card stock, the cards are durable enough to take with you anywhere.
- Clippable: Each set includes a mini carabiner so you can easily attach it to your saddle ring, belt loop, backpack, trailer tie rings, or just about anywhere.
- No WiFi Required: Mobile apps and videos are great… if you’ve got cell service. If you’re out camping in the backwoods, though, you may not have access when you need it most.
- Giftable: That’s probably not a real word, but this item makes a great gift for any occasion!
What You’ll Learn
There are 19 essential knots included in each set of cards, and they span a variety of uses. The really nice thing? Each card explains when (and when not) to use the knot.
- Square Knot
- Double Overhand
- Figure 8 Loop
- Honda Knot (Lariat)
- Halter Hitch
- Cow Hitch
- Half Hitch
- Two Half Hitches
- Clove Hitch (Mid-Rope)
- Clove Hitch (With End)
- Butterfly Loop (AKA Picket Line Loop)
- Dutchman’s Hitch
- Highwayman’s Hitch
- Tying a Lead to a Rope Halter Using a Sheet Bend
- Securing a Rope Halter Using a Sheet Bend
- Improvised Halter
- Highline Setup Diagram
Knots for One and All
Too often, knot tying is associated with western-style riders. After all, english riders use cross ties, right?
All types of equestrians need to know how to safely tie their horses.
Whether you’re out at a show, trail riding, working cattle, or simply heading to a friend’s place to ride, tying is a required skill. Though you may not end up using all of the knots above on a daily basis, they’re all good to have in your back pocket. (And you literally can since Reference Ready Cards are pocket sized.)
Never Stop Learning
Reference Ready, the brand behind these knot cards, also offers a suite of other knot tying guides. From fly fishing to rock climbing and boating to camping, they offer knot tying guides for many major outdoor activities.
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