Knots and Ropes
Put muzzle in nose band.
Note: The lead rope across the arm.
When working with a horse,
it is handy to keep the lead rope across,
Put the rope end through eye.
Pull rope end through loop.
For safety, tuck rope end into throat-latch.
Bring loop up through saddle ring
Make loops equal lengths
Bring end around to start
Tie half-hitch around loops
Pull half-hitch tight
To tighten cinch, put end of latigo through cinch ring and pull
Tie cinch knot
Pull latigo through cinch
ring and saddle ring
Put end latigo through keeper
Put lead rope between saddle strings
Take bottom string and wrap around coil of lead rope once
Make a loop with bottom string
Put a half-hitch over loop and tighten
With loop straight up, take top string and make half-hitch, twist once, and put over loop, and tighten
Pull the string to tighten twisted half-hitch
By just pulling loop string, the lead rope knot will come undone
A good position is where the cinch hangs loosely,
or a little bit forward.
Cinch should be tight enough to let your hand slide
Straighten Your Stirrups
To make stirrups straight so it’s easy to get your feet in, take a squirt bottle of water and squirt the leather moist. Use a piece of 2×4 about 2 feet long, twist the stirrup around, and put the 2×4 between the stirrups.
Put coil of rope under latigo
Bring latigo end up on left side
Coming down through right side
Bring end down right side and through coil of rope and up over saddle horn
That way the coil of rope will lay forward and away from your knee
The length of the curb chain must be right.
Put the mouth piece on four fingers and your thumb in the horse’s mouth. With your right hand, pull the bit up into the horse’s mouth. Put the right ear in first, then left ear.
The curb chain should hang loosely under the horses chin.