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How To Put A Horn Knot On A Rope

A "horn knot" is a small piece of equipment used for attaching a rope to a saddle horn. A horn knot is used when the roper wants to "tie hard" instead of dallying. In the text and photos below we'll show you how to put a horn knot on your rope.

Below: A metal horn knot.

Horn knot

Put A Horn Knot On Your Rope

First, tie an overhand knot several inches from the end of the rope (opposite the honda), leaving a tail at the very end. The tail will be helpful when removing the rope and horn knot from the saddle horn after roping.

To put a horn knot on your rope, tie a knot toward the end of the rope

Next, bend the end of the rope back beside itself, forming a loop. Do this above the overhand knot you just tied.

From a loop in the end of the rope


Now take your horn knot......

Slide the horn knot on the end of the rope


......and slip it over the end of the loop.

Slide the horn knot farther down the rope


Slide the horn knot down several inches, creating a loop big enough to fit over your saddle horn.

Use the horn knot to form a loop to go over the saddle horn

You're Done!

Slip the loop over your saddle horn, pull it tight, and you're done.

After roping, the horn knot can become very tight against the saddle horn and difficult to remove. That's where the tail of the rope comes in handy; you can pull the tail to the side to loosen the horn knot from the saddle horn.

You can also use the tail of the rope......

A horn knot on a saddle help keep the horn knot from slipping off of the rope when it's not on your saddle horn. Just take the tail of the rope through the loop.

Tuck the tail of the rope through the loop so the horn knot won't slip off

A Little Bit About Horn Knots

A horn knot can be made of a variety of different materials such as metal, braided nylon or rawhide, plastic, and others.

Below: A home made horn knot braided from nylon cord.

A braided horn knot

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