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February 16, 2005

New Knots

If you ever considered using a rope halter on your donkeys or mules, here is a knot you will want to know.

Rope halters can come in handy in a number of situations. But it is important to know what kind of knot to use to properly secure the halter on your donkey or mule's head. If you tie the halter on with the wrong kind of knot, the knot can become very hard to untie if your donkey or mule pulls hard on the halter and tightens the knot up really tight.


Here is a knot I learned from a horse and donkey trainer. This knot can still be loosened even after the horse, mule or donkey has pulled it tight, so you won't have to cut the halter off of your critter's head to remove it.

First, put the halter on your mule's head. You should then have a loop of rope coming up from below and a tail of rope coming over the top of the mule's head. Slide the tail out through the loop toward you.


Next, run the tail of rope down, around and behind the loop, as pictured below.


Bring the end of the tail around the front, and slide it in between the loop from below and the upper part of the tail from above, as shown below.


Pull the tail of rope the rest of the way through and tighten. Now the halter is safely secured on your mule's head.


Now when you want to loosen and undo the knot to remove the halter, simply slide the two sides together, and the knot will loosen. Then you can pull the tail of the rope back out and take the halter off.


Our natural tendency is to use a knot like the one below. But this kind of know will be much harder to loosen if it gets pulled really tight. So I much prefer to use the knot described above for tying rope halters.


Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 16, 2005 07:36 AM