The Tie Knot
Suppose you have your rope through the tie ring or draped around a post. For convenience, let's put your horse on the right and the end of your lead rope on the left, as you are facing the tie ring.
Put your left hand, palm open and thumb facing up, behind the rope on the left, so that the rope rests on your wrist. Put you right hand, palm open and thumb facing up, behind the rope on the right (the end that is going to the horse), a few inches below the left hand, so that the rope rests on your wrist.
Now, with both hands, reach for the opposite strand of rope and close your fingers around the rope.
Move your hands farther apart. Now you are holding a loop of rope in each hand, left hand higher than right.
Rotate your left wrist so that your thumb points down. Push the loop you are holding in your right hand into the twisted loop that you just made with your left hand. Pull on the end of the rope that goes to the horse to tighten the knot. If your horse knows how to untie himself by pulling on the end of the lead rope, put the end of lead rope through the loop.
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