The halter hitch is a quick release type of knot used to connect a rope to an object such as a post or fence rail, usually to secure a horse or mule. The primary feature of the halter hitch is that it can be quickly and easily released by pulling on one end of the rope, even when it is under tension. For added security the free end can be passed through the slipped loop but not tightened down. Many consider the Halter Hitch the quickest to tie of all the quick release hitches. Another good one is the Mooring Hitch.
Scroll down to see the animated Halter Hich below the knot tying tutorial.
Halter Hitch Knot Tying Instructions
- Pass the rope around the post, rail or through the ring. Run the working end across the standing part in front.
- Then doubling back, pass the working end behind both parts.
- Form a small bight in the working end and pass it through the loop formed by the previous step, working across the front of the lines.
- Pull tight and that completes the Halter Hitch. For added security, run the free end through the slipped loop.