The Halter Hitch is basically a form of overhand noose, with an overhand knot that is slipped. This makes this particular knot very well suited as a general purpose knot for tethering animals. It also has the advantage that no matter how much strain is applied to the halter, the Halter Hitch can easily be slipped and undone. This knot is very quick and easy to tie and untie, so if an animal becomes panicky a quick tug and the the knot is released.
Disadvantage of the Halter Hitch
Some people who have used the Halter Hitch or even the Highwayman’s Hitch to tether their horses, have said that in some cases the knot can be too easy to undo. It would seem that it does not take some more intelligent horses too long to learn how to undo the Halter Hitch.
How to Tie the Halter Hitch
In this short video tutorial you will learn how to tie the Halter Hitch. This is one of those knots that when you learn to tie it, it is not easily forgotten.
For those of you that love your knots and comparisons, you may want to have a look at the Falconer’s Knot as they are both the same. I am assuming that in this particular case, it is the way in which the knot is tied that gives it it’s name.
Ashley’s Book of Knots Halter Hitch
For those of you looking to research the Halter Hitch even further, it is listed in ABoK on page 5; “I was seven my father gave me a pony on condition that I master the
Halter Hitch”. ABoK 243, 1115, 1804, 1826. “The knot is used the world over for “hitching” horses. To untie: Remove the end from the loose bight and pull on the end