Tail Knot for Leading
Packers, outfitters, trail riders
and others often need to lead out unridden horses. Here is
an easy way to lead out these horses.
Pick a horse
that you know will not kick you.
Take hold of
the tail of the horse you are going to tie off to.
hand down the tail until you feel the end of the tail bone.
Fold the tail
back against itself over the rope, holding it with your hand.
Take a clockwise
wrap around the tail with your lead rope next to the tail bone,
and 3 more wraps.
Place the loose
end of the lead rope under your wraps next to the tail and pull
Do not leave
so much slack in the lead rope that the lead horse will step
over it. The rope should hang no lower than the rear hock
of the lead horse.
Horses will follow another horse
readily when tied in this manner. This tail wrap will untie
quickly and easily after you have finished leading out.
If you have several horses to lead out, sort the geldings from the
mares before you tie up. Mares tied to mares, geldings tied
to geldings. Works better this way.
by Mike Laughlin