The Quick Release Knot


Horsemanship Level 1: The Quick Release Knot

The quick release knot is item #4 on your Horsemanship Level 1 checklist. There are several methods of tying a quick release knot, and your instructor will teach you the most simple way.  For your assessment we don’t mind which one you use as long as it

  1. tightens when the horse pulls back
  2. releases smoothly when you pull the loose end of the rope

Be sure to tie to a piece of baling twine rather than directly to a solid object.  That way the twine will break in an emergency. A thousand pound animal can easily hurt himself or you, as well as cause a lot of property damage by pulling out tie rings, fence posts, and stall walls if panicked.

Do not put the tail end of the rope through the loop as shown. This defeats the ‘quick release’ purpose of the knot!

If your horse knows how to untie herself you may daisy chain the knot to take up the slack end.  However, do not tuck the loose end through the loop, as far too many videos and diagrams suggest.  This defeats the purpose of the quick release knot and makes it difficult to undo in an emergency.

 

This week’s bonus question:  What is the other meaning of ‘tying up’ in the equine world?

The answers to last week’s  ‘what’s wrong with this picture’ question:
  1. Leading from the off side.  Always lead from the near (left) side where possible
  2. Excess lead rope wrapped around hand. Never wrap the rope around the hand: hold excess in figure 8 in non-leading hand.
  3. Holding the rope too close to the clip.  A 6-10′ distance is most effective.
  4. Turning the horse towards himself.  Turn the horse away from you where possible.

Next week: Simple Grooming

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A six-week course for kids aged 6 – 13 years old with two streams: one for complete beginners, and another for youth who have already done some riding.  Participants will learn how to groom, tack-up, ride, and care for their ponies in this fun and friendly series.

Wednesdays 1 May – 5 June
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Cost: $375 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $75 each
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Individual classes (space permitting): $75 each
Instructor: Isabel Landels

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Individual classes (space permitting): $75 each
Instructor: Eleanor Landels

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Wednesdays 1 May – 5 June
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Individual classes (space permitting): $75 each
Instructor: Dave Wayne

Mounted Combat Arts Intensive

Our next Intensive has been scheduled for August!  Sign up now to save your spot in this five-day, 50 hour week of riding, horsemanship and swordplay.

Wednesday – Sunday, 31 July – 4 August
9am – 7pm
cost: $1045 full day
$895 half day
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Jennifer Landels Jennifer Landels heads up Academie Duello's Cavaliere Program. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions.
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