A funny thing happened after I posted this entry in June 2008 - people who googled "how to tie a quick-release knot" started to visit the 7MSN. And 18,221 people have watched this knot-tying tutorial on YouTube. Or maybe one person watched it 18,000 times trying to get it right. Whatever. It's one of my favorite videos, and it's certainly my favorite knot. Go grab a lead rope and practice it with me.
Having horses means expanding your knot repertoire beyond the one you put in your shoes. You may want to tie your horse to groom him or to saddle him; if you travel with your horse, you may need to tie him to the trailer; at some point on a long trail ride, you may need to tie him to a tree so you can ... well, you know.
Knowing how to tie a quick-release knot will keep you and your horse out of all kinds of trouble. Like the kind of trouble you might get into when you rob a bank. You want to use a secure knot, so that when you come a-runnin’ out of the bank your horse is still there, yet you want to be able to untie it really fast so the sheriff won’t catch you. So come with me as I demonstrate how to tie my all-time favorite quick-release knot, “The Bank Robber Knot.”
Now go grab a lead rope and the back of a chair so you can watch this video and practice with me. The secret to knot-tying success is to practice it, over and over and over again.
(In case the FBI is monitoring this blog, no banks were robbed in the making of this video.)