Halter hitch
RelatedFalconer's knot, Slippery hitch, Siberian hitch
Typical usetethering animals
ABoK#243, #1715, #1804, #1826

The halter hitch is a type of knot used to connect a rope to an object. As the name implies, an animal's lead rope, attached to its halter, may be tied to a post or hitching rail with this knot. The benefit of the halter hitch is that it can be easily released by pulling on one end of the rope, even if it is under tension. Some sources show the knot being finished with the free end running through the slipped loop to prevent it from working loose or being untied by a clever animal, still allowing easy but not instant untying.[1][2]


Difference from similar hitches with the same purpose

The halter hitch is topologically the same knot as the Falconer's knot, i. e. a slipped overhand knot around the main part.[3] The falconer has to tie the same knot one handed, throwing the end around the anchor object (the perch), gripping it with a scissoring fingers act, pulling the bight from opposite side of the main part using the back of the thumb.

The halter hitch is similar to other slipped hitches that wrap the main part with small differences:

See also


  1. ^ Ashley, Clifford W. (1944). "The Ashley Book of Knots". New York: Doubleday: 305. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Elser, Smoke; Brown, Bill (1980). Packin' in on Mules and Horses. Missoula: Mountain Press. pp. 111–113. ISBN 0-87842-127-0.
  3. ^ Parry-Jones, Jemima (1994). Training Birds of Prey. David & Charles. p. 73. ISBN 0-7153-1238-3.